Good to Go

Good to Go

by Benny Goodman

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Overview

In the days before he was the King of Swing, Benny Goodman had a struggling band that played hot jazz like a small combo; they were too wild and loud for the ballrooms that catered to the Guy Lombardo crowd. Money was tight so when a chance to record and make a pile of dough doing transcription work arose, Goodman and his band rose to the challenge and blasted out these 25 gems (along with 25 others) in a single session, all one-take wonders. For this, the members in the band were paid the musician union's stipulated fee of a dollar per side, a true chunk of change by Depression-era standards. Although pivotal driving force Gene Krupa is here in the drum chair, we're still a few years away from the presence of Harry James, Lionel Hampton, Teddy Wilson, or Jess Stacey. All the more amazing, then, are these performances with the band virtually running through what was their entire book at the time, playing with an on-the-edge-of-their-chairs exuberance that comes with one-take, fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants recordings like this. There may be a few clams on a track here and there, but this is some of the true beginnings of the swing movement, a movement that changed the course of popular music forever.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/13/1999
Label: Buddha
UPC: 0744659962424
catalogNumber: 99624

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Benny Goodman   Primary Artist,Clarinet,Drums
Pee Wee Erwin   Trumpet
Frank Froeba   Piano
Red Ballard   Trombone
Harry Goodman   Drums
Nate Kazebier   Trumpet
Jack Lacey   Trombone
Nuncio "Toots" Mondello   Alto Saxophone
Jerry Neary   Trumpet
Allan Reuss   Guitar
Arthur Rollini   Tenor Saxophone
Hymie Schertzer   Alto Saxophone
Dick Clark   Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Jack Pettis   Composer
Harry Barris   Composer
Shelton Brooks   Composer
Will Friedwald   Producer,Liner Notes
Elmer Schoebel   Composer
Mike Ragogna   Producer
Murray Brenman   Art Direction
Gordon Clifford   Composer
Jack Stern   Composer
Irving Cohn   Composer
Frank Silver   Composer
Glenn Korman   Producer
Alex Miller   Executive Producer
James Hanley   Composer
Billy Meyers   Composer

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