By Will Friedwald
Updated May 20, 1994 at 04:00 AM EDT

Gene Krupa: Jazz Legend

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While not the earliest important jazz percussionist, Gene Krupa was the first musician to fully realize the theatrical possibilities of the drums. This biography, Jazz Legend, presents clips of full numbers by the great drummer-bandleader, interspersed with facts about his life narrated by Steve Allen and a reminiscence by swing-drumming successor Louis Bellson. Though the visual quality of the clips varies, the overall sound is good. Most important, the tape shows how Krupa could drive a band with his enthusiasm and charisma as much as his technique. B+

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Gene Krupa: Jazz Legend

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