Plays Mel Powell

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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
The title of this Hep CD compilation is somewhat of a misnomer, as Benny Goodman plays the works of a number of arrangers, in addition to the 13 charts by pianist Mel Powell. The music is drawn from Columbia studio sessions recorded between 1941 and 1946, so there is a great variation in personnel. Few of the tracks having been issued during the CD era prior to this release and the sound quality is excellent, while their relative rarity will appeal to Goodman collectors. Powell's contributions include the drummerless but swinging "The Count" and the equally buoyant "The Earl," which features some terrific stride piano by Powell. His scoring of "Why Don't You Do Right" helped...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
The title of this Hep CD compilation is somewhat of a misnomer, as Benny Goodman plays the works of a number of arrangers, in addition to the 13 charts by pianist Mel Powell. The music is drawn from Columbia studio sessions recorded between 1941 and 1946, so there is a great variation in personnel. Few of the tracks having been issued during the CD era prior to this release and the sound quality is excellent, while their relative rarity will appeal to Goodman collectors. Powell's contributions include the drummerless but swinging "The Count" and the equally buoyant "The Earl," which features some terrific stride piano by Powell. His scoring of "Why Don't You Do Right" helped launch the career of the young singer Peggy Lee. Aside from Powell's work, Margie Gibson, a young Hindu emigrant from Calcutta, wrote the amusing "Let the Doorknob Hitcha" showcasing trumpeter Cootie Williams' vocals and the peppy "Take It." Also in this collection are valuable arrangements by Buster Harding, Skip Martin, Jimmy Mundy, and Edgar Sampson. Goodman is in top form throughout this anthology, while his orchestra is obviously well rehearsed on each of the 23 separate sessions.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/24/1998
  • Label: Hep Records
  • UPC: 603366105527
  • Catalog Number: 1055
  • Sales rank: 145,465

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Benny Goodman Primary Artist, Clarinet, Leader, Vocals
Peggy Lee Vocals
Count Basie Piano
Louie Bellson Drums
Stan Getz Tenor Saxophone
Jo Jones Drums
Mel Powell Piano
Buddy Rich Drums
Teddy Wilson Piano, Vocals
Cootie Williams Trumpet, Vocals
Dave Barbour Guitar
Gus Bivona Alto Saxophone, Vocals
Billy Butterfield Trumpet
Johnny Guarnieri Piano
Peanuts Hucko Tenor Saxophone
Lou McGarity Trombone, Timbales, Vocals
Vido Musso Tenor Saxophone
Aaron Sachs Alto Saxophone
Helen Forrest Vocals
Mike Bryan Guitar, Vocals
Trummy Young Trombone, Timbales
Georgie Auld Tenor Saxophone, Vocals
Danny Bank Baritone Saxophone
Ray Beller Tenor Saxophone
George Berg Tenor Saxophone
Artie Bernstein Bass, Baritone Saxophone, Vocals
John Best Trumpet
Big Sid Catlett Drums
Ralph Collier Drums
Conrad Gozzo Trumpet
Cutty Cutshall Trombone, Timbales, Vocals
Al Epstein Tenor Saxophone
Chuck Gentry Baritone Saxophone
Irving Goodman Trumpet, Vocals
Chris Griffin Trumpet
Nate Kazebier Trumpet
Gene Kinsey Alto Saxophone
Clyde Lombardi Bass, Baritone Saxophone
Skip Martin Alto Saxophone, Vocals
Jimmy Maxwell Trumpet, Vocals
Pete Mondello Tenor Saxophone
Liza Morrow Vocals
Bob Poland Baritone Saxophone
Bernie Privin Trumpet
Les Robinson Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Hymie Schertzer Alto Saxophone
John Simmons Bass
Bob Snyder Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Vocals
Tom Morgan Guitar
Dave Tough Drums, Vocals
Sid Weiss Bass
Chauncey Welsch Trombone, Timbales
Kai Winding Trombone, Timbales
Alvin Davis Trumpet
Jimmy Blake Trumpet
Art Lund Vocals
Barney Spieler Bass, Baritone Saxophone
John Walton Tenor Saxophone
Addison Collins French Horn
Tony Faso Trumpet
Alec FILA Trumpet, Baritone Saxophone, Vocals
Frank LePinto Trumpet
Clint Neagley Alto Saxophone
Charlie Queener Piano
Eddie Aulino Trombone, Timbales
Vince Badale Trumpet
Charlie Castaldo Trombone, Timbales
Al Cuozzo Trumpet
Gish Gilbertson Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Horvath Alto Saxophone
Dick La Fave Trombone, Timbales
John Prager Alto Saxophone
Art Ralston Baritone Saxophone
Bill Shine Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Leonard Sims Tenor Saxophone
Lawrence Stearns Trumpet
Cliff Strickland Tenor Saxophone
Johnny White Vibes
Benny Goodman & His Orchestra Track Performer
Gerald Sanfino Alto Saxophone
Stan Kosow Tenor Saxophone
Walter Looss Bass
Jack Henderson Tenor Saxophone, Vocals
Al Epstine Tenor Saxophone
Clifton Hill Bass
Cliff Hill Baritone Saxophone
Technical Credits
Tiny Bradshaw Composer
Benny Goodman Composer
Edgar Sampson Composer
Edward Johnson Composer
Gibson Arranger
Tom Gordon Composer
Artie Manners Composer
Buster Moten Composer
Jack Palmer Composer
Bobby Plater Composer
Al Stillman Composer
Mundy Arranger
Buster Harding Composer
John R.T. Davies Remastering
Alastair Robertson Producer, Liner Notes
Mac Powell Composer
Arr Sampson Contributor
Robert Wright Composer
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