The sound of the opener is unmistakable; it's the familiar, driving urgency of Benny Goodman's clarinet, which made him the undisputed King of Swing," heard again in all its electrifying glory on Sweet Georgia Brown," the 1967 take which opens this collection. Recorded live in New York's old Rainbow Grill, Goodman is in solid company with pianist Bernie Leighton, bassist George Duvivier and especially saxophonist Zoot Sims. With a simpatico honed by playing together over the decades, Sims' sleek, rhythmic strength paves the way for a blazing burst from Goodman. This first release from the Benny Goodman ...read more
Benny GoodmanYale University Archives, Vol. 2 (Big Band 1957-1964)Nimbus2009 Dave BennettCelebrates 100 Years of BennyRecord Label #2Year On May 30th, the great Benny Goodman would have turned 100. The celebration of this milestone continues with the release of some excellent archival material, as well as a wonderful tribute album from one of the clarinet legend's most avid followers. Yale University Archives, Vol. 2 (Big Band 1957-1964) presents a comprehensive time capsule of ...read more
One autumn day in 1978, a sprightly 69-year-old Benny Goodman decided on a whim that he wanted to 'book' Carnegie Hall for a gig commemorating the fortieth anniversary of the landmark performance held and so famously-recorded there for the Columbia label in 1938. That show registered as the first official full-length jazz program ever held at the hallowed venue. Tickets for the anniversary gig sold out in a matter of hours, with no advertising or even a formal announcement. Goodman's whim resulted in a highly eclectic evening originally released as a two-LP set by the London label, now reissued on ...read more
Benny Goodman The Essential Benny Goodman Columbia/Bluebird/Legacy 2007 Allan Vaché With Benny in Mind Arbors 2006
By the time of his death in 1987, clarinetist Benny Goodman was firmly entrenched in many minds as the King of Swing , with countless recordings made throughout a career that lasted over a half-century. A recent anthology highlights 40 songs from his recordings for just two labels. The other CD is by a currently active clarinetist ...read more
By Francis Lo Kee
Clarinetist Benny Goodman (1909-86) is considered by jazz historians to be one of the most important musicians in all of jazz, though not all of his important achievements were strictly musical. He is credited with racially integrating his bands at a time when it was not a popular idea, yet he brought jazz a level of audience attention that would earn it the title of pop music today. The DVD presents footage from 1939-66, while the CD concentrates on 1935-39, mostly big band music. The CD presents the pop music side of Benny Goodman more than ...read more
Part I in a series exploring the history of the Swing Era's greatest songs.
Benny Goodman and his band arrived at the Paramount Theater on the morning of March 3, 1937 to find throngs of students waiting in line. Goodman had assumed that this engagement, which started at 8:30 in the morning and preceded a Claudette Colbert picture, wouldn't be that big of a deal. But when the band appeared on the slowly rising stage playing Let's Dance," dance they did--all 12,000 of them, spilling out into the aisles, on the bandstand, and anywhere else they ...read more
Benny Goodman, a complex man who was loved by many, disliked by others and always in command, kept his music refreshingly vibrant and honest, as befit the Swing Era’s renowned King of Swing. Benny’s groups, whether large or small, were always sharp and well-rehearsed; he wouldn’t have it any other way. A life-long perfectionist, Goodman demanded the same from those with whom he played, and surrounded himself with musicians of the highest caliber. Many of them can be heard on this anthology that surveys the period from 1939-51 (with time out for the war years from December ’41 to August ...read more
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