Plays Mel Powell

Plays Mel Powell

by Benny Goodman



The title of this Hep CD compilation is somewhat of a misnomer, as Benny Goodman plays the works of a number of arrangers, in addition to the 13 charts by pianist Mel Powell. The music is drawn from Columbia studio sessions recorded between 1941 and 1946, so there is a great variation in personnel. Few of the tracks having been issued during the CD era prior to this release and the sound quality is excellent, while their relative rarity will appeal to Goodman collectors. Powell's contributions include the drummerless but swinging "The Count" and the equally buoyant "The Earl," which features some terrific stride piano by Powell. His scoring of "Why Don't You Do Right" helped launch the career of the young singer Peggy Lee. Aside from Powell's work, Margie Gibson, a young Hindu emigrant from Calcutta, wrote the amusing "Let the Doorknob Hitcha" (showcasing trumpeter Cootie Williams' vocals) and the peppy "Take It." Also in this collection are valuable arrangements by Buster Harding, Skip Martin, Jimmy Mundy, and Edgar Sampson. Goodman is in top form throughout this anthology, while his orchestra is obviously well rehearsed on each of the 23 separate sessions.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/24/1998
Label: Hep Records
UPC: 0603366105527
catalogNumber: 1055

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Benny Goodman   Primary Artist,Clarinet,Leader,Vocals
Peggy Lee   Vocals
Count Basie   Piano
Louie Bellson   Drums
Stan Getz   Tenor Saxophone
Jo Jones   Drums
Mel Powell   Piano
Buddy Rich   Drums
Teddy Wilson   Piano,Vocals
Cootie Williams   Trumpet,Vocals
Dave Barbour   Guitar
Gus Bivona   Alto Saxophone,Vocals
Billy Butterfield   Trumpet
Johnny Guarnieri   Piano
Peanuts Hucko   Tenor Saxophone
Lou McGarity   Trombone,Timbales,Vocals
Vido Musso   Tenor Saxophone
Aaron Sachs   Alto Saxophone
Helen Forrest   Vocals
Mike Bryan   Guitar,Vocals
Trummy Young   Trombone,Timbales
Georgie Auld   Tenor Saxophone,Vocals
Danny Bank   Baritone Saxophone
Ray Beller   Tenor Saxophone
George Berg   Tenor Saxophone
Artie Bernstein   Bass,Baritone Saxophone,Vocals
John Best   Trumpet
Big Sid Catlett   Drums
Ralph Collier   Drums
Conrad Gozzo   Trumpet
Cutty Cutshall   Trombone,Timbales,Vocals
Epstein   Tenor Saxophone
Chuck Gentry   Baritone Saxophone
Irving Goodman   Trumpet,Vocals
Chris Griffin   Trumpet
Nate Kazebier   Trumpet
Gene Kinsey   Alto Saxophone
Clyde Lombardi   Bass,Baritone Saxophone
Skip Martin   Alto Saxophone,Vocals
Jimmy Maxwell   Trumpet,Vocals
Pete Mondello   Tenor Saxophone
Liza Morrow   Vocals
Bob Poland   Baritone Saxophone
Bernie Privin   Trumpet
Robinson   Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Hymie Schertzer   Alto Saxophone
John Simmons   Bass
Bob Snyder   Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Vocals
Tom Morgan   Guitar
Dave Tough   Drums,Vocals
Sid Weiss   Bass
Chauncey Welsch   Trombone,Timbales
Kai Winding   Trombone,Timbales
Alvin Davis   Trumpet
Jimmy Blake   Trumpet
Art Lund   Vocals
Barney Spieler   Bass,Baritone Saxophone
John Walton   Tenor Saxophone
Addison Collins   French Horn
Tony Faso   Trumpet
Alec FILA   Trumpet,Baritone Saxophone,Vocals
Frank LePinto   Trumpet
Clint Neagley   Alto Saxophone
Charlie Queener   Piano
Eddie Aulino   Trombone,Timbales
Vince Badale   Trumpet
Charlie Castaldo   Trombone,Timbales
Cuozzo   Trumpet
Gish Gilbertson   Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Horvath   Alto Saxophone
Dick La Fave   Trombone,Timbales
John Prager   Alto Saxophone
Art Ralston   Baritone Saxophone
Bill Shine   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Leonard Sims   Tenor Saxophone
Lawrence Stearns   Trumpet
Cliff Strickland   Tenor Saxophone
Johnny White   Vibes
Benny Goodman & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Gerald Sanfino   Alto Saxophone
Stan Kosow   Tenor Saxophone
Walter Looss   Bass
Jack Henderson   Tenor Saxophone,Vocals
Epstine   Tenor Saxophone
Clifton Hill   Bass
Cliff Hill   Baritone Saxophone

Technical Credits

Tiny Bradshaw   Composer
Benny Goodman   Composer
Edgar Sampson   Composer
Edward Johnson   Composer
Gibson   Arranger
Tom Gordon   Composer
Artie Manners   Composer
Buster Moten   Composer
Jack Palmer   Composer
Bobby Plater   Composer
Stillman   Composer
Mundy   Arranger
Buster Harding   Composer
Alastair Robertson   Producer,Liner Notes
Mac Powell   Composer
Arr Sampson   Contributor
Robert Wright   Composer

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