Benny Goodman's drummer Gene Krupa (1909), who had pioneered the extended drum solo,
formed his own orchestra in 1938, initially offeering adventurous performances
Wire Brush Stomp (june 1938),
Nagasaki (july 1938), with virtuoso scat singing of Leo Watson,
Drummin' Man (november 1940) and Bolero at the Savoy (october 1941);
but after the war led a schizophrenic life, torn between increasingly trivial
pop material and pioneering bebop arrangements.
Krupa died in 1973.
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