Personnel includes: Benny Goodman (trumpet, clarinet); Glenn Miller (vocals, trombone); Fats Waller (vocals, piano); Ben Pollack (vocals, drums); Helen Ward, Peggy Lee (vocals); Bud Freeman, Georgie Auld, Wardell Gray (tenor saxophone); Red Nichols, Harry James, Cootie Williams, Taft Jordan (trumpet); Mugsy Spanier (cornet); Jack Teagarden (trombone); Harry Goodman (tuba, acoustic bass); Ted Lewis (clarinet); Lionel Hampton, Red Norvo (vibraphone); Teddy Wilson, Fletcher Henderson, Johnny Guarnieri (piano); Charlie Christian (electric guitar); Slam Stewart (bass); Ray Baudac, Gene Krupa, Dave Tough (drums).
Recorded between 1927 and 1958. Includes liner notes by Doug Ramsey.
Digitally remastered by Darcy M. Proper (Sony Studios, New York, New York).
This is part of the Columbia/Legacy Ken Burns JAZZ series.
Personnel: Benny Goodman (clarinet, trumpet); Fats Waller (vocals, piano); Ben Pollack (vocals, drums); Helen Ward, Peggy Lee (vocals); Mike Bryan, Dave Barbour, Arnold Covarrubias, Frances "Franny" Beecher, Allan Reuss, Billy Bauer (guitar); Charlie Christian (electric guitar); Dick Morgan (banjo); Ted Lewis (clarinet); Louis Martin (alto saxophone, baritone saxophone); Buff Estes, Bob Snyder, Gus Bivona, George Koenig, Clint Neagley, Mitch Goldberg, Angelo Cicalese, Gil Rodin, Ernie Mauro, Al Block, Skip Martin , Nuncio "Toots" Mondello, Hymie Schertzer (alto saxophone); Arthur Rollini, Bus Bassey, Jon Walton, Leonard Sims, Larry Binyon, Georgie Auld, Eddie Wasserman, Jack Henderson , Hymie Wolfson, Jerry Jerome, Seldon Powell, Babe Russin, Vido Musso, Wardell Gray, Zoot Sims, Bud Freeman (tenor saxophone); Bob Poland, Larry Molinelli, Gene Allen (baritone saxophone); Adrian Rollini (bass saxophone); Chris Griffin , Irving Goodman, Alec Fila, Tony Faso, Howard Reich, Al Stewart, Lawrence Stearns, Dave Klein, Harry James, Frankie Quartell, Johnny Martel, Red Nichols, Taft Jordan, Ziggy Elman, Jimmy Maxwell, Nick Travis, Doug Mettome, John Frosk, E.V. Perry, Charlie Teagarden (trumpet); Jimmy McPartland, Muggsy Spanier (cornet); Milt Bernhart, Ted Vesely, Charlie Castaldo, Eddie Bert, Red Gingler, Charlie Butterfield, George Brunies, George Monte, Jack Teagarden, Rex Peer, Lou McGarity, Murray McEachern, Vernon Brown, Willie Dennis , Red Ballard (trombone); Harry Goodman, Harry Barth (tuba); Fletcher Henderson, Vic Breidis, Mel Stitzel, Jess Stacy, Joe Sullivan , Johnny Guarnieri, Roland Hanna, Teddy Wilson, Bernie Leighton, Mel Powell, Buddy Greco (piano); Lionel Hampton, Red Norvo (vibraphone); John Lucas, Harry Jaeger, Dave Tough, Gene Krupa, Roy Burns III, Morey Feld, Nick Fatool, Ray Bauduc, Sonny Igoe, Bob Conselman (drums).
Liner Note Author: Doug Ramsey.
Recording information: 12/07/1927-05/31/1958.
Editor: Peter Keepnews.
Arrangers: Chico O'Farrill; Eddie Sauter; Fletcher Henderson; Fud Livingston; George Bassman; Jimmy Mundy; Mary Lou Williams; Mel Powell.
Benny Goodman's volume in the Ken Burns Jazz series ranges from one of his first recording appearances, on a 1927 side by Ben Pollack, all the way to the late '50s. Of the 22 tracks, there are many highlights including "Body and Soul" from his trio (with Teddy Wilson and Gene Krupa), plus two songs from his legendary 1938 Carnegie Hall concert. More than most volumes in the series however, this one was forced to bypass the original versions of Goodman classics ("King Porter Stomp," "Don't Be That Way") in favor of usually inferior radio versions. Still, Ken Burns Jazz is a cheap, easy way for listeners to introduce themselves to the exuberant swing of Benny Goodman. ~ John Bush