PETE YORK & FRIENDS
In-akustik, distributors of Pete’s recordings and, recently, the DVDs of Super Drumming, have released PETE YORK & FRIENDS. This is a collection of three separate sessions, all live, dating from around twenty years ago. Many of Pete’s old pals are to be heard and the recordings contain plenty of solo drumming as well as ensemble work. If you’ve never heard these before, well Christmas is just around the corner
ARTHOR VON BLOMBERG
For many months Pete has been collaborating with American drummer, Arthor von Blomberg, now living in Berlin, on a plan to bring the story of Gene Krupa, the first great Super Drummer, to the musical stage. Arthor is hustling backers and producers and Pete is working on the book. Between them they have established a running order for the tunes, which include many great hit songs from the Swing Era. The show will feature singers and dancers as well as a full big band. Arthor and Pete will play drums on the show and re-enact the great Drum Battles of that Golden Age of Jazz. The fascinating life story of this iconic musician Gene Krupa can be found in print and video >from the foremost expert, Bruce Klauber, whose own drumming is well worth
HELGE’S LIVE CD
HELGE’S LIVE CD is out now in Germany and contains great chunks of the comedy to be enjoyed on the current tour plus some of the songs performed by the band. Helge’s multi-instrumental talent is heard well here with his piano, trumpet and several saxes. He recently bought a very rare Buescher C-melody sax from 1928 in great condition. You can hear this on C Jam Blues and it sounds very warm. At the beginning of saxophone history it was heard often but fell into disuse as the alto and tenor saxes became the main instruments in jazz. Check out Frankie Trumbauer with Bix Beiderbecke to hear the origins of this sound.