The Essential Benny Goodman [Bluebird/Legacy]

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All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
One of at least seven entirely different compilations that brandish the word "Essential" in their titles, this double-disc anthology of 40 classic swing performances actually does convey the essence of Benny Goodman, and is therefore highly recommended. The recordings, most of them cut in the Victor and Columbia studios between 1934 and 1945, are laid out in four exacting categories of ten tracks apiece. A tribute to Goodman's big-band arrangers pays homage to Fletcher and Horace Henderson, Edgar Sampson, Jimmy Mundy, George Bassman, Deane Kincaide, Spud Murphy, Eddie Sauter and Mel Powell. A "Visit to Tin Pan Alley" salutes songwriters George & Ira Gershwin, Richard ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
One of at least seven entirely different compilations that brandish the word "Essential" in their titles, this double-disc anthology of 40 classic swing performances actually does convey the essence of Benny Goodman, and is therefore highly recommended. The recordings, most of them cut in the Victor and Columbia studios between 1934 and 1945, are laid out in four exacting categories of ten tracks apiece. A tribute to Goodman's big-band arrangers pays homage to Fletcher and Horace Henderson, Edgar Sampson, Jimmy Mundy, George Bassman, Deane Kincaide, Spud Murphy, Eddie Sauter and Mel Powell. A "Visit to Tin Pan Alley" salutes songwriters George & Ira Gershwin, Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart, Richard Whiting, Johnny Mercer, Cole Porter and Vernon Duke. The superb lineup of vocalists includes Helen Ward, Martha Tilton, Mildred Bailey, Helen Forrest and Peggy Lee. Goodman's small groups, from trios to septets, are well represented here. Starting with the cardinal players Teddy Wilson, Gene Krupa and Lionel Hampton, the potent third segment of the album gradually ushers in such brilliant improvisers as Charlie Christian, Red Norvo, Cootie Williams, Georgie Auld, Johnny Guarnieri and Count Basie. This marvelous double album closes with ten examples of Goodman performing in front of live audiences. These radio broadcast airchecks document the manner in which most people in North America heard Goodman on a regular basis. Perhaps the best of these is the final track; an exciting five-and-a-half minute version of Fats Waller's "Stealin' Apples" performed on the roof of the Hotel Astor in New York City. This swinging performance demonstrates exactly why Benny Goodman was so popular before, during and after the Second World War.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/22/2007
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 886970949125
  • Catalog Number: 709491
  • Sales rank: 30,073

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Let's Dance (2:35)
  2. 2 Bugle Call Rag (2:59)
  3. 3 King Porter Stomp (3:10)
  4. 4 Don't Be That Way (3:24)
  5. 5 When Buddha Smiles (3:12)
  6. 6 Sing, Sing, Sing (8:43)
  7. 7 Big John's Special (3:08)
  8. 8 Get Happy (3:09)
  9. 9 Superman (4:34)
  10. 10 Oh! Baby (8:46)
  11. 11 Goody, Goody (2:32)
  12. 12 There's a Small Hotel (2:31)
  13. 13 You Turned the Tables on Me (2:51)
  14. 14 Can't Teach My Old Heart New Tricks (3:05)
  15. 15 This Can't Be Love (2:48)
  16. 16 I Thought About You (2:34)
  17. 17 It Never Entered My Mind (3:00)
  18. 18 Taking a Chance on Love (3:10)
  19. 19 Let's Do It (2:03)
  20. 20 How Long Has This Been Going On? (3:14)
Disc 2
  1. 1 After You've Gone (2:49)
  2. 2 Running Wild (2:39)
  3. 3 The Man I Love (3:28)
  4. 4 Moonglow (3:13)
  5. 5 Flyin' Home (3:14)
  6. 6 Rose Room (2:50)
  7. 7 Air Mail Special (2:55)
  8. 8 The World Is Waiting for the Sunrise (2:44)
  9. 9 Wholly Cats (3:05)
  10. 10 Rachel's Dream (2:55)
  11. 11 Ridin' High (2:39)
  12. 12 Sunny Disposish (2:11)
  13. 13 Body and Soul (3:26)
  14. 14 Sweet Leilani (2:15)
  15. 15 Roll 'Em (4:18)
  16. 16 Life Goes to a Party (3:44)
  17. 17 Avalon (4:14)
  18. 18 Swingtime in the Rockies (2:32)
  19. 19 My Gal Sal (3:56)
  20. 20 Stealin' Apples (5:31)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Benny Goodman Primary Artist, Clarinet, Leader
Peggy Lee Vocals
Mildred Bailey Vocals
Count Basie Piano
Louie Bellson Drums
Bunny Berigan Trumpet
Charlie Christian Electric Guitar
Lionel Hampton Vibes
Harry James Trumpet
Gene Krupa Drums
Mel Powell Piano
Slam Stewart Bass
Claude Thornhill Piano
Teddy Wilson Piano
Cootie Williams Trumpet
Gus Bivona Alto Saxophone
Billy Butterfield Trumpet
Lee Castle Trumpet
Ziggy Elman Trumpet
Johnny Guarnieri Piano
Bernie Leighton Piano
Lou McGarity Trombone
Miff Mole Trombone
Vido Musso Tenor Saxophone
Babe Russin Tenor Saxophone
Helen Ward Vocals
George Wettling Drums
George Van Eps Guitar
Helen Forrest Vocals
Frank Froeba Piano
Mike Bryan Guitar
Georgie Auld Tenor Saxophone
Red Ballard Trombone
Danny Bank Baritone Saxophone
Bus Bassey Tenor Saxophone
George Berg Tenor Saxophone
Noni Bernardi Alto Saxophone
Artie Bernstein Bass
Vernon Brown Trombone
Russ Case Trumpet
Ralph Collier Drums
Cutty Cutshall Trombone
Buff Estes Alto Saxophone
Nick Fatool Drums
Morey Feld Drums
Fletcher Henderson Piano
Harry Geller Trumpet
Chuck Gentry Baritone Saxophone
Harry Goodman Bass
Irving Goodman Trumpet
Gordon Griffin Trumpet
Herbie Haymer Tenor Saxophone
Benny Heller Guitar
Jerry Jerome Tenor Saxophone
Nate Kazebier Trumpet
Manny Klein Trumpet
George Koenig Alto Saxophone
Jack Lacey Trombone
Johnny Martel Trumpet
Jimmy Maxwell Trumpet
Murray McEachern Trombone
Nuncio "Toots" Mondello Alto Saxophone
Ralph Muzillo Trumpet
Jerry Neary Trumpet
Allan Reuss Guitar
Arthur Rollini Tenor Saxophone
Joe Rushton Bass Saxophone
Hymie Schertzer Alto Saxophone
Bob Snyder Alto Saxophone
Jess Stacy Piano
Martha Tilton Vocals
Tom Morgan Guitar
Dave Tough Drums
Ted Vesely Trombone
Hank Wayland Bass
Sid Weiss Bass
Alvin Davis Trumpet
Sam Weiss Drums
Jimmy Blake Trumpet
Barney Spieler Bass
Addison Collins French Horn
Alec FILA Trumpet
Clint Neagley Alto Saxophone
Julie Schwartz Alto Saxophone
Charlie Castaldo Trombone
Arnold Covey Guitar
Bill DePew Alto Saxophone
Gish Gilbertson Tenor Saxophone
John Prager Alto Saxophone
Sammy Shapiro Trumpet
Bill Shine Alto Saxophone
Cliff Strickland Tenor Saxophone
Bobby Guyer Trumpet
Harry Jaeger Drums
Eddie Rosa Alto Saxophone
Jack Henderson Tenor Saxophone
Bernie Pivin Trumpet
Dave Matthews Alto Saxophone
John McClanian Best Jr. Trumpet
Ben Kantor Alto Saxophone
Bob Taylor Tenor Saxophone
Dick Clark Tenor Saxophone
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Louis Prima Composer
Charlie Christian Composer
Benny Goodman Composer
Lionel Hampton Composer
Harry James Composer
Jelly Roll Morton Composer
Mel Powell Arranger
Fats Waller Composer
Horace Henderson Arranger, Composer
Deane Kincaide Arranger
Irving Mills Composer
Jimmy Mundy Arranger, Composer
Edgar Sampson Arranger, Composer
Harold Arlen Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Vernon Duke Composer
Steven Berkowitz Executive Producer
Andy Razaf Composer
Jack Pettis Composer
Nacio Herb Brown Composer
Eddie DeLange Composer
Buddy DeSylva Composer
Paul Dresser Composer
Fletcher Henderson Arranger
Arthur Freed Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Johnny Green Composer
Lorenz Hart Composer
Edward Heyman Composer
Will Hudson Composer
John Latouche Composer
Turner Layton Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Spud Murphy Arranger
Mitchell Parish Composer
Cole Porter Composer
Eddie Sauter Arranger, Composer
Gregory Stone Composer
James Van Heusen Composer
Michael Brooks Producer
Billy Meyers Composer
George Bassman Arranger
Art Hickman Composer
Howard Fritzson Art Direction
Vic Anesini Mastering
Henri Woode Arranger
Robert Bamberger Liner Notes
Owen Murphy Composer
Ted Koehler Composer
Louis Alter Composer
Harry Owens Composer
Leo Wood Composer
Eugene Lockhart Composer
Ernest Seitz Composer
Philip Charig Composer
Harry Creamer Composer
Ted Fetter Composer
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