Swing Favourites, Vol. 1: 1935-1936: Swing Me a Swing Song

Swing Favourites, Vol. 1: 1935-1936: Swing Me a Swing Song

by Benny Goodman


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With RCA Victor having already issued their complete swing-era Benny Goodman archive on LP, cassette, and CD numerous times, it doesn't appear that Naxos' Goodman project is going to be as ambitious, for the first volume putters and skips around through eight sessions from the band's early years. Nevertheless, this is not a bad choice if you're looking for a single-disc selection of Goodman's earliest Victor big band sides, from his first sessions as the leader of a struggling swing band trying to stay afloat until a little over a year after his breakthrough at the Palomar Ballroom in Los Angeles. There are plenty of famous swingers like "Stompin' at the Savoy," "Swingtime in the Rockies," "King Porter Stomp," and the original rendition of "Christopher Columbus," which is slower and more lumbering than the best-known versions and shorn of its "sing sing sing" first section. There are also a handful of vocals by Helen Ward and to close, the young Ella Fitzgerald doing a guest turn with the band on "Goodnight, My Love." And of course, perfectionist Goodman is always in impeccable form on his clarinet. The sound on the CD is a little wan and washed out in comparison with a few of the original 78s, not quite up to Naxos' high jazz standards. But even less-than-optimum Naxos sound is preferable to the abominations that came out of RCA in the CD era (RCA's earlier Goodman reissues on LP are better).

Product Details

Release Date: 03/19/2002
Label: Naxos
UPC: 0636943254820
catalogNumber: 8120548

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Benny Goodman   Primary Artist,Clarinet
Bunny Berigan   Trumpet
Ella Fitzgerald   Vocals
Gene Krupa   Drums
Jack Teagarden   Trombone
Ziggy Elman   Trumpet
Pee Wee Erwin   Trumpet
Vido Musso   Tenor Saxophone
Helen Ward   Vocals
George Van Eps   Guitar
Frank Froeba   Piano
Red Ballard   Trombone
Harry Geller   Trumpet
Harry Goodman   String Bass
Gordon Griffin   Trumpet
Nate Kazebier   Trumpet
Manny Klein   Trumpet
Jack Lacey   Trombone
Murray McEachern   Trombone
Nuncio "Toots" Mondello   Alto Saxophone
Ralph Muzillo   Trumpet
Jerry Neary   Trumpet
Allan Reuss   Guitar
Arthur Rollini   Tenor Saxophone
Hymie Schertzer   Alto Saxophone
Jess Stacy   Piano
Sterling Bose   Trumpet
Bill DePew   Alto Saxophone
Benny Goodman & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Zeke Zarchy   Trumpet
Joe Harris   Trombone
Dick Clark   Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Irving Berlin   Composer
Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Benny Goodman   Composer
Earl Hines   Composer
James P. Johnson   Composer
Jimmy Mundy   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Leon Berry   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Stanley Adams   Composer
Henry Creamer   Composer
Dorothy Fields   Composer
Mack Gordon   Composer
Irving Kahal   Composer
Turner Layton   Composer
Peter Dempsey   Producer,Liner Notes
Ted Koehler   Composer
Harry Revel   Composer

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