1941-1942

1941-1942

by Benny Goodman & His Orchestra

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Overview

By the autumn of 1941, Benny Goodman's orchestra had taken on a polished, slightly oily aspect that was quite different from the bands he'd led a few years earlier. Pianist Mel Powell was now the arranger, Peggy Lee sang on most of the records, and the focus of the material often drifted away from authentically swinging jazz to include quite a number of pop tunes. This tendency is most dramatically demonstrated by two consecutive versions of "Buckle Down, Winsocki," with its John Philip Sousa intro and jocular group vocal. Although the arrangement gets hipper in midstream, one would never guess that the great Cootie Williams was in the band. Maybe nobody did -- Williams left in mid-October, knocking the trumpet section down more than one peg. Near the end of the month, Goodman's sextet rendered up a lovely version of "If I Had You" and a bubbling "Limehouse Blues." Most of the titles reissued here originally appeared on the OKeh label. A little-known version of "Jersey Bounce" was recorded in January 1942 and issued on V-Disc, the 12" lightweight "unbreakable" record designed especially for overseas use by armed forces personnel. Benny Goodman would find himself cutting quite a number of V-Discs between 1943 and 1945.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/29/2003
Label: Melodie Jazz Classic
UPC: 3307517130327
catalogNumber: 1303

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Benny Goodman & His Orchestra   Primary Artist
Peggy Lee   Vocals
Benny Goodman   Clarinet
Mel Powell   Piano
Cootie Williams   Trumpet
Billy Butterfield   Trumpet
Lou McGarity   Trombone,Vocals
Vido Musso   Tenor Saxophone
George Berg   Tenor Saxophone
Ralph Collier   Drums
Cutty Cutshall   Trombone
Joe Ferrante   Trumpet
Chuck Gentry   Baritone Saxophone
Jimmy Maxwell   Trumpet
Bernie Privin   Trumpet
Tom Morgan   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Sid Weiss   Bass
Alvin Davis   Trumpet
Clint Neagley   Alto Saxophone
Julie Schwartz   Alto Saxophone
Sol Kane   Alto Saxophone
Tommy Dix   Vocals
Art "Lund" London   Vocals

Technical Credits

Tiny Bradshaw   Composer
George Gershwin   Composer
Benny Goodman   Director
Russ Morgan   Composer
Mel Powell   Arranger
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Vernon Duke   Composer
Edward Johnson   Composer
Fred E. Ahlert   Composer
Dorothy Fields   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Richard Howard   Composer
Hugh Martin   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Bobby Plater   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Don Raye   Composer
Eddie Sauter   Arranger,Composer
Carl Sigman   Composer
Stillman   Composer
Marty Symes   Composer
Roy Turk   Composer
Anatol Schenker   Liner Notes
Ralph Blane   Composer
Ted Shapiro   Composer
Victor Schertzinger   Composer
Reginald Connelly   Composer
Philip Braham   Composer
Douglas Furber   Composer
Irene Higginbotham   Composer
Emerson Scott   Composer
Jimmy Campbell   Composer
Gonzalez Curiel   Composer
George W. Meyer   Composer
Bob Ellsworth   Composer
Clifford Jenkins   Arranger
Seymour Miller   Composer
Robert Wright   Composer

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