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The Essential Benny Goodman [Bluebird/Legacy]

The Essential Benny Goodman [Bluebird/Legacy]

by Benny Goodman Benny Goodman
The Essential Benny Goodman [Bluebird/Legacy]

The Essential Benny Goodman [Bluebird/Legacy]

by Benny Goodman Benny Goodman




One of at least seven entirely different compilations that brandish the word "Essential" in their titles, this double-disc anthology of 40 classic swing performances actually does convey the essence of Benny Goodman, and is therefore highly recommended. The recordings, most of them cut in the Victor and Columbia studios between 1934 and 1945, are laid out in four exacting categories of ten tracks apiece. A tribute to Goodman's big-band arrangers pays homage to Fletcher and Horace Henderson, Edgar Sampson, Jimmy Mundy, George Bassman, Deane Kincaide, Spud Murphy, Eddie Sauter and Mel Powell. A "Visit to Tin Pan Alley" salutes songwriters George & Ira Gershwin, Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart, Richard Whiting, Johnny Mercer, Cole Porter and Vernon Duke. The superb lineup of vocalists includes Helen Ward, Martha Tilton, Mildred Bailey, Helen Forrest and Peggy Lee. Goodman's small groups, from trios to septets, are well represented here. Starting with the cardinal players Teddy Wilson, Gene Krupa and Lionel Hampton, the potent third segment of the album gradually ushers in such brilliant improvisers as Charlie Christian, Red Norvo, Cootie Williams, Georgie Auld, Johnny Guarnieri and Count Basie. This marvelous double album closes with ten examples of Goodman performing in front of live audiences. These radio broadcast airchecks document the manner in which most people in North America heard Goodman on a regular basis. Perhaps the best of these is the final track; an exciting five-and-a-half minute version of Fats Waller's "Stealin' Apples" performed on the roof of the Hotel Astor in New York City. This swinging performance demonstrates exactly why Benny Goodman was so popular before, during and after the Second World War.

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Product Details

Release Date: 05/22/2007
Label: Sony
UPC: 0886970949125
catalogNumber: 709491
Rank: 65323


Disc 1

  1. Let's Dance
  2. Bugle Call Rag
  3. King Porter Stomp
  4. Don't Be That Way
  5. When Buddha Smiles
  6. Sing, Sing, Sing
  7. Big John's Special
  8. Get Happy
  9. Superman
  10. Oh! Baby
  11. Goody, Goody
  12. There's a Small Hotel
  13. You Turned the Tables on Me
  14. Can't Teach My Old Heart New Tricks
  15. This Can't Be Love
  16. I Thought About You
  17. It Never Entered My Mind
  18. Taking a Chance on Love
  19. Let's Do It
  20. How Long Has This Been Going On?

Disc 2

  1. After You've Gone
  2. Running Wild
  3. The Man I Love
  4. Moonglow
  5. Flyin' Home
  6. Rose Room
  7. Air Mail Special
  8. The World Is Waiting for the Sunrise
  9. Wholly Cats
  10. Rachel's Dream
  11. Ridin' High
  12. Sunny Disposish
  13. Body and Soul
  14. Sweet Leilani
  15. Roll 'Em
  16. Life Goes to a Party
  17. Avalon
  18. Swingtime in the Rockies
  19. My Gal Sal
  20. Stealin' Apples

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Benny Goodman   Primary Artist,Clarinet,Leader
Peggy Lee   Vocals
Mildred Bailey   Vocals
Count Basie   Piano
Louie Bellson   Drums
Bunny Berigan   Trumpet
Charlie Christian   Electric Guitar
Bud Freeman   Tenor Saxophone
Lionel Hampton   Vibes
Harry James   Trumpet
Gene Krupa   Drums
Red Norvo   Vibes
Mel Powell   Piano
Slam Stewart   Bass,Bass Guitar
Claude Thornhill   Piano
Teddy Wilson   Piano
Cootie Williams   Trumpet
Gus Bivona   Alto Saxophone
Billy Butterfield   Trumpet
Lee Castle   Trumpet
Ziggy Elman   Trumpet
Johnny Guarnieri   Piano
Bernie Leighton   Piano
Lou McGarity   Trombone
Miff Mole   Trombone
Vido Musso   Tenor Saxophone
Babe Russin   Tenor Saxophone
Helen Ward   Vocals
George Wettling   Drums
George Van Eps   Guitar
Helen Forrest   Vocals
Frank Froeba   Piano
Mike Bryan   Guitar
Georgie Auld   Tenor Saxophone
Red Ballard   Trombone
Danny Bank   Baritone Saxophone
Bus Bassey   Tenor Saxophone
George Berg   Tenor Saxophone
Noni Bernardi   Alto Saxophone
Artie Bernstein   Bass,Bass Guitar
Vernon Brown   Trombone
Russ Case   Trumpet
Ralph Collier   Drums
Cutty Cutshall   Trombone
Buff Estes   Alto Saxophone
Nick Fatool   Drums
Morey Feld   Drums
Fletcher Henderson   Piano
Harry Geller   Trumpet
Chuck Gentry   Baritone Saxophone
Harry Goodman   Bass,Bass Guitar
Irving Goodman   Trumpet
Gordon Griffin   Trumpet
Joe Harris   Trombone
Herbie Haymer   Tenor Saxophone
Benny Heller   Guitar
Jerry Jerome   Tenor Saxophone
Nate Kazebier   Trumpet
Manny Klein   Trumpet
George Koenig   Alto Saxophone
Jack Lacey   Trombone
Johnny Martel   Trumpet
Jimmy Maxwell   Trumpet
Murray McEachern   Trombone
Nuncio "Toots" Mondello   Alto Saxophone
Ralph Muzillo   Trumpet
Jerry Neary   Trumpet
Bernie Privin   Trumpet
Allan Reuss   Guitar
Arthur Rollini   Tenor Saxophone
Joe Rushton   Bass Saxophone
Hymie Schertzer   Alto Saxophone
Bob Snyder   Alto Saxophone
Jess Stacy   Piano
Martha Tilton   Vocals
Tom Morgan   Guitar
Dave Tough   Drums
Ted Vesely   Trombone
Hank Wayland   Bass,Bass Guitar
Sid Weiss   Bass,Bass Guitar
Alvin Davis   Trumpet
Sam Weiss   Drums
Jimmy Blake   Trumpet
Barney Spieler   Bass,Bass Guitar
Addison Collins   French Horn
Alec FILA   Trumpet
Clint Neagley   Alto Saxophone
Julie Schwartz   Alto Saxophone
Charlie Castaldo   Trombone
Arnold Covey   Guitar
Bill DePew   Alto Saxophone
Gish Gilbertson   Tenor Saxophone
John Prager   Alto Saxophone
Sammy Shapiro   Trumpet
Bill Shine   Alto Saxophone
Cliff Strickland   Tenor Saxophone
Bobby Guyer   Trumpet
Harry Jaeger   Drums
Eddie Rosa   Alto Saxophone
Jack Henderson   Tenor Saxophone
Bernie Pivin   Trumpet
Dave Matthews   Alto Saxophone
John McClanian Best   Trumpet
"Fat" Al Davis   Trumpet
Gordon "Chris" Griffin   Trumpet
Ben Kantor   Alto Saxophone
Bob Taylor   Tenor Saxophone
Art Rollini   Tenor Saxophone
Bob Taylor   Tenor Saxophone
Johnny Guarneri   Piano
Skippy Martin   Alto Saxophone
Dick Clark   Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Louis Prima   Composer
Charlie Christian   Composer
Benny Goodman   Composer
Lionel Hampton   Composer
Harry James   Composer
Jelly Roll Morton   Composer
Mel Powell   Arranger
Fats Waller   Composer
Horace Henderson   Arranger,Composer
Deane Kincaide   Arranger
Irving Mills   Composer
Jimmy Mundy   Arranger,Composer
Edgar Sampson   Arranger,Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Vernon Duke   Composer
Steven Berkowitz   Executive Producer
Andy Razaf   Composer
Jack Pettis   Composer
Nacio Herb Brown   Composer
Henry Creamer   Composer
Eddie DeLange   Composer
Buddy DeSylva   Composer
Paul Dresser   Composer
Fletcher Henderson   Arranger
Arthur Freed   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Johnny Green   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Edward Heyman   Composer
Will Hudson   Composer
John Latouche   Composer
Turner Layton   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Spud Murphy   Arranger
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Eddie Sauter   Arranger,Composer
Elmer Schoebel   Composer
Gregory Stone   Composer
James Van Heusen   Composer
Michael Brooks   Producer,Audio Production
George Bassman   Arranger
Art Hickman   Composer
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Henri Woode   Arranger
Robert Bamberger   Liner Notes
Matt Cavaluzzo   Reissue Producer
Owen Murphy   Composer
Ted Koehler   Composer
Louis Alter   Composer
Harry Owens   Composer
Leo Wood   Composer
Eugene Lockhart   Composer
Ernest Seitz   Composer
Philip Charig   Composer
Ted Fetter   Composer
Billy Meyers   Composer

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