Berlin 1980

Berlin 1980

by Benny Goodman
     
 

This Benny Goodman live CD is a bit of a sleeper in his vast discography. Before leaving for Germany in the fall of 1980, he took only one musician with him, pianist Don Haas, who had joined the clarinetist earlier in the year. He then auditioned and recruited guitarist Harry Pepl, bassist Peter Witte and drummer Charly Antolini; in spite ofSee more details below

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This Benny Goodman live CD is a bit of a sleeper in his vast discography. Before leaving for Germany in the fall of 1980, he took only one musician with him, pianist Don Haas, who had joined the clarinetist earlier in the year. He then auditioned and recruited guitarist Harry Pepl, bassist Peter Witte and drummer Charly Antolini; in spite of the language barrier (none of them spoke English), Goodman was quickly convinced of their abilities and proceeded to play two shows with them on consecutive nights in Berlin. According to noted Goodman discographer Russell Connor, Goodman was so pleased with the results that he considered issuing an LP at the time, but was dissuaded by potential producers since the concerts had been broadcast on both television and radio in Europe and were widely taped by collectors. Among the highlights of the shows are old favorites like "Avalon," "Airmail Special," a rousing "Sing, Sing Sing!" (showcasing Antolini) and "Harry Pepl's Blues" (in which Pepl shows a definite Wes Montgomery influence, but in a swing setting). Goodman is at the top of his game throughout the CD; the release of this valuable concert material was long overdue.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/05/2002
Label:
Tcb Music
UPC:
0723724491526
catalogNumber:
43022
Rank:
178312

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Benny Goodman   Primary Artist,Clarinet,Leader
Charly Antolini   Drums
Harry Pepl   Guitar
Don Haas   Piano

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Stephen Sondheim   Composer
Gordon Jenkins   Composer
Johnny Burke   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Saul Chaplin   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Jacob Jacobs   Composer
James Van Heusen   Composer
Tony Middleton   Liner Notes
Peter Schmidlin   Executive Producer
Ted Shapiro   Composer
Reginald Connelly   Composer
Eugene Lockhart   Composer
Sholom Secunda   Composer
Ernest Seitz   Composer
Kurt A. Mueller   Engineer,Executive Producer
Jimmy Campbell   Composer
Kurt S. Weil   Liner Notes
John Golden   Composer
Raymond Hubbell   Composer

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