Benny Goodman      (2-Vocalion CDLK 4250)
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Benny Goodman      (2-Vocalion CDLK 4250)
PE0117. BENNY GOODMAN & his Orch.: Benny Goodman Today, incl. 20 Goodman specialties. (England) 2-Vocalion CDLK 4250, Live Performance, 1971, Stockholm. Transfers by Michael J. Dutton. Long out-of-print, Final Sealed Copy! - 765387425029


"By 1970 there seemed little new for Benny Goodman to say musically. A major success 35 years earlier and the possessor of a briliant but unchanging clarinet style, BG was performing less during this period and his big-band projects generally emphasized re-creations of the past. This attractive double LP [above, offered in CD format](which does not list the personnel) features Goodman in a big band mostly comprised of Europeans (other than guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli) running through a program not all that different than what he might have presented in 1940; only four of the 20 songs are of newer vintage."

- Scott Yanow, Rovi

Disc 1 of 2 :

1 - Theme - Let's Dance - Benny Goodman, Skinner 2 - Sweet Georgia Brown - Benny Goodman, Bernard 3 - If I Had You - Benny Goodman, Berlin 4 - Baubles, Bangles and Beads - Benny Goodman, Wright 5 - Stealin' Apples - Benny Goodman, Fats Waller 6 - Don't Be That Way - Benny Goodman, Sampson 7 - Willow Weep for Me - Benny Goodman, Ronell 8 - Big John's Special - Benny Goodman, Henderson 9 - Body and Soul - Benny Goodman, Green 10 - A String of Pearls - Benny Goodman, Gray, Jerry

Disc 2 of 2 :

1 - Poor Butterfly - Benny Goodman, Hubbell 2 - Dear Dave - Benny Goodman, McGuffie 3 - Roll 'Em - Benny Goodman, Williams 4 - Blue Skies - Benny Goodman, Berlin 5 - One O'Clock Jump - Benny Goodman, Count Basie 6 - I Would Do Most Anything for You - Benny Goodman, David 7 - Venus H.B. (Turkish March) - Benny Goodman, Mozart Goodman first began taking clarinet lessons at ten at a synagogue, after which he joined the band at Hull House, a settlement home. He made his professional début at 12 and dropped out of high school at 14 to become a musician. In his later years, Goodman played classical music with greater frequency. He had performed classical concerts and recorded Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet during the late 1930s, and he appeared with most of the major American orchestras throughout the 1930s and ’40s. He was a remarkable supporter of 20th-century composers, both famous and unknown. In 1938 he commissioned the work CONTRASTS from Béla 8 - Sing, Sing, Sing, Pt. 1 - Benny Goodman, Prima 9 - Sing, Sing, Sing, Pt. 2 - Benny Goodman, Prima 10 - Goodbye - Benny Goodman, Jenkins

“Benny Goodman was an accomplished clarinetist whose distinctive playing gave an identity both to his big band and to the smaller units he led simultaneously. The most popular figure of the first few years of the Swing Era, he continued to perform until his death 50 years later. Bartók; it is regarded as a 20th-century masterpiece. In the late 1940s Goodman also commissioned works from Aaron Copland and Paul Hindemith, and he performed works of Igor Stravinsky, Leonard Bernstein, and Morton Gould, among many others.”

- William Ruhlmann,