Benny Goodman Class of 39
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by Benny Goodman ~ Trio and Quartet Showcase (2-CD)
- Released: July 14, 2003
- Originally Released: 2004
- Label: Collector's Choice
- 1.Softly As In A Morning Sunrise
- 2.Umbrella Man
- 3.I've Found A New Baby
- 4.The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise
- 5.I Cried For You
- 6.Pagan Love Song
- 7.Deep Purple
- 8.Opus 3/4
- 9.The Man I Love
- 11.Oh, Lady Be Good
- 12.Old-Fashioned Love
- 13.Sheik Of Araby
- 14.I Got Rhythm
- 15.Tea For Two
- 16.Stompin' At The Savoy
- 18.China Boy
- 19.Flying Home
- 20.Star Dust
- 21.AC-DC Current
- 22.South Of The Border
Personnel: Benny Goodman (clarinet); Lionel Hampton (vibraphone, drums); Teddy Wilson, Jess Stacy, Fletcher Henderson (piano); Charlie Christian, Leonard Ware, George Rose (guitar); Al Hall, Artie Bernstein (bass); Gene Krupa, Buddy Schutz, Nick Fatool (drums).
Recorded for the Camel Caravan Broadcast in 1939.
Personnel: Benny Goodman (bass clarinet); Charlie Christian (electric guitar); Jess Stacy, Teddy Wilson & His Orchestra (piano); Lionel Hampton (vibraphone, drums); Gene Krupa, Nick Fatool (drums).
Liner Note Author: Wayne Knight.
This collection of live performances is taken from radio broadcasts and a Carnegie Hall concert, all of them recorded between January and November of 1939. As one would expect, it has kind of a cobbled-together feeling -- more like a sampler than an actual album, complete with abruptly interrupted audience reactions and charmingly quaint introductions by hipster MCs. But that's not to say that the material itself is less than stellar. Most of the performances captured here find Goodman in a shifting quartet setting that features various combinations of Lionel Hampton (on either drums or vibes), Gene Krupa (drums), Jess Stacy (piano), Teddy Wilson (piano), and Buddy Schutz (drums). A quintet featuring bassist Artie Bernstein and drummer Nick Fatool is also represented on several tracks, and a couple of trio numbers are included as well. The repertoire is unsurprising, if thrillingly played: "I've Found a New Baby," "The World Is Waiting for the Sunrise," "Deep Purple," etc. Most exciting are the four sextet performances that end the program, all of which prominently feature the young guitarist Charlie Christian, who had been brought to Goodman's attention by John Hammond and, shortly after these broadcasts, would join New York's bebop mavericks in permanently changing the structure and function of jazz. The sound quality on these recordings is mostly so-so, but all of it is well worth hearing. Recommended. ~ Rick Anderson
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