Apollo 440 – Electro glide in Blue (Epic 2017 #010)

The Epic 2017 Project #010: 170110

Apollo 440 – Electro glide in Blue (1997)


For around ten years from the end of the 1990s through late 2010, I played bass surdo (a massive 22″ drum with a very deep sound) with the Beach Bateria samba band based in Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex. In its heyday, the band had 40+ sambistas, 2 maestres and a 20 strong dance troupe. And, as one of its long-standing members, I was able to contribute a number of samples over the years, most of which we developed into the band’s repertoire.

‘Krupa’ was one of them, the opening timpani rhythm the obvious reason. The piece we developed from this we called ‘Gene Krupa’ after the original American jazz drummer (1909 – 1973) and, as far as I know, the band (which still exists, although in much fewer numbers) still plays it.


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