Benny Goodman The Centennial Collection
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- by Benny Goodman ~ Very Best of Benny Goodman ~ $6.02
- Number of Discs: 2
- Released: August 24, 2004
- Label: RCA
- 1.Sometimes I'm Happy
- 2.King Porter Stomp
- 3.Body And Soul
- 5.I Hope Gabriel Likes My Music
- 6.Swingtime In The Rockies
- 7.These Foolish Things Remind Me Of You
- 9.Bugle Call Rag
- 10.Jam Session
- 11.Goodnight, My Love
- 12.I Want To Be Happy
- 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
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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