Benny Goodman The Centennial Collection

The Centennial Collection
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CD Details

  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Released: August 24, 2004
  • Label: RCA


  • 1.Sometimes I'm Happy
  • 2.King Porter Stomp
  • 3.Body And Soul
  • 4.Good-Bye
  • 5.I Hope Gabriel Likes My Music
  • 6.Swingtime In The Rockies
  • 7.These Foolish Things Remind Me Of You
  • 8.Moonglow
  • 9.Bugle Call Rag
  • 10.Jam Session
  • 11.Goodnight, My Love
  • 12.I Want To Be Happy
  • 13.Rosetta
  • 14.Sing, Sing, Sing
  • 15.Roll 'Em
  • 16.Life Goes To A Party
  • 17.Lullaby In Rhythm
  • 18.Wrappin' It Up
  • 19.Bumble Bee Stomp
  • 20.And The Angels Sing
  • 21.Opus 3/4

Product Description:

This release includes a bonus DVD featuring movie clips and TV specials from the 1960's.
Personnel: Benny Goodman (clarinet); Ella Fitzgerald, Helen Ward, Martha Tilton (vocals); Chu Berry (tenor saxophone); Roy Eldridge (trumpet); Lionel Hampton (vibraphone); Gene Krupa (drums).
Liner Note Author: David French.
This two-disc Benny Goodman set includes not only 21 swing classics, but also a DVD of rare performance footage. The audio disc is made up of many Goodman favorites culled from 1935-1939, including "Moonglow" and "Sing, Sing, Sing." The former is a romantic selection that features Goodman's groundbreaking quartet. On this track, Goodman's clarinet renders a lonely melody, but vibraphonist Lionel Hampton spices things up midway through the tune with a snappy solo. "Sing, Sing, Sing" has a kind of jungle feel to it, as drummer Gene Krupa beats passionately on his tom-toms. Nearly nine minutes in length, "Sing, Sing, Sing" really allows the band to open up. (This is particularly true of Goodman, who plays a terrific modal clarinet solo.)
The DVD is a real bonus to THE CENTENNIAL COLLECTION. Priceless footage is included here of the Goodman Orchestra, collected from various movie appearances. By watching the band in action, one really gets a sense of the musicians' remarkable skills. Equally fascinating are clips of Goodman performing in the 1960s, just prior to his years in semi-retirement.

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  • UPC: 828766008821
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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