Label: Kent - K-212 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album • Country: Canada • Genre: Stage & Screen • Style: Soundtrack
Reference: BMCD It was based on the biography of legendary cornet player Red Nichols Kayea small-town musician who moved to New York City in the s Music Goes Round And Round - Danny Kaye And Louis Armstrong - The Five Pennies - A Paramount Pictur formed his own Dixieland band called The Five Penniesa play on Nichols name, since a nickel equals five pennies. The film deftly captures the flavor and color of an era, contains several scenes with good music, and ends up being a very moving story about a family.
He was the symbol of a frenetic era, the pulse-keeper of his time, the embodiment in rhythm of the unique American spirit. Ideally cast in the drummers role is Sal Norma Lewis - Maybe This Time, who works wonders matching his movements to Krupas soundtrack drumming.
Through the decades, Gene Krupa still remains a symbol of jazz rhythm. However, Hollywood producers never seem to think that this is enough: they have to add unbelievable plot devices which they think will make a good story.
So in movies we have Glenn Miller presenting June Allyson with a string of pearls while his band plays a tune called guess what! A String of Pearls. This CD contains the music from two musical film biographies, both released in The Nichols film was called The Five Pennies because that was what Nichols called his various bands, even though they often contained twice as many as five musicians.
The Nichols story might have had some mileage in it but the producers had to sentimentalise the story, as one can tell from the titles of such songs as Good Night, Sleep Tight. And having cast Danny Kaye in the role of Red Nichols, they had to give him the chance to show his comic talents with a couple of gibberish songs. Red Nichols himself played the cornet solos which Kaye was shown miming on screen.
The saving grace of the film is Louis Armstrong, who sings and plays on several numbers, including After Youve Gone with his All Stars though Love For Sale - Marian McPartland / George Shearing - Great Britains only lasts for one-and-a-quarter minutes and The Five Pennies Saints which is mainly the excuse for a comedy duet with Danny Kaye.
Just the Blues contains some classic Satchmo soloing, but for less than two minutes. With a line-up that includes such great jazz names as Matty Matlock, Eddie Miller, Benny Carter and Shelly Manne, one might have expected a far more jazzy soundtrack than we have here. The Gene Krupa Story is much better at least, from the jazz fans point of view.
Krupa himself played most of the drum solos which Sal Mineo mimed so skillfully on the screen. Not everyone likes drum solos I do but it was educative to see in the movie what Gene probably looked like in his young days. And those sequences suggest that Krupa became WDPK 83.7 FM - Daft Punk - Homework icon because of the visibly energetic way he attacked the drums.
Most of his solos were based on the single-stroke roll but he added a visual component which was novel as well as exciting. The CD conveys some of that dynamism, although you really need to buy the DVD to get the full impact. There is also a brief Baby, Come Back - Chyp-Notic - I Cant Get Enough session on Indiana which includes short solos from Benny Carter and Jess Stacy.
From the jazz enthusiasts point of view, the Krupa soundtrack is superior to the Five Pennies one, but this is a well-packed CD lasting 70 minutes. Add to cart. Add to wishlist. Music Goes Round And Round - Danny Kaye And Louis Armstrong - The Five Pennies - A Paramount Pictur customer reviews yet.
Login to leave your impressions! Main Title The Five Pennies After You've Gone Indiana Radio Montage Back Home Again in Indiana Good Night, Sleep Tight Lullabye in Ragtime Battle Hymn of the Republic The Five Pennies Saints College Montage Good Night, Sleep Tigh Medley Just the Blues Carnival of Venice Wail of the Winds Jingle Bells The Five Pennies Finale I Love My Baby Royal Garden Blues Indiana "Jam Session" Spiritual Jazz Cherokee Indiana "Montage" Memories of You Way Down Yonder in New Orleans Song of India Finale Small group is taken out of the band featuring Barney Kessel, guitar, and Shelly Manne, drums.
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