King of Swing [Bluebird]

The King of Swing [Bluebird]

by Benny Goodman
     
 

The so-called King of Swing, Benny Goodman led the most popular band in the land during the height of the Swing Era, roughly between 1935 (the year of Goodman’s breakthrough) and 1938 (the year of the band’s Carnegie Hall concert -- the first jazz concert held at that venue). This well-chosen compilation brings together the original studio versions of many of…  See more details below

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The so-called King of Swing, Benny Goodman led the most popular band in the land during the height of the Swing Era, roughly between 1935 (the year of Goodman’s breakthrough) and 1938 (the year of the band’s Carnegie Hall concert -- the first jazz concert held at that venue). This well-chosen compilation brings together the original studio versions of many of Goodman’s greatest hits, including “Don’t Be That Way,” “Wrappin’ It Up,” “If Dreams Come True,” and “Goodbye.” An overview of the band at its most representative, King of Swing captures the Goodman orchestra’s spectacular precision as well as the achievements of such fine soloists as trumpeters Bunny Berigan and Harry James, drummer Gene Krupa, pianist Jess Stacy, and vocalist Helen Ward. Of course, there’s also plenty of supreme clarinet playing by the leader himself, as well as arrangements by such masters as Fletcher Henderson, Jimmy Mundy, and Edgar Sampson.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Campbell
Benny Goodman's The King of Swing is part of RCA's mid-line series Bluebird's Best. This is a solid collection of original hits Goodman recorded for Bluebird in the mid- to late '30s. While there aren't any surprises here, the disc contains well-known hits such as the Gene Krupa/Benny Goodman tour de force "Sing, Sing, Sing." Unfortunately, the liner notes do not contain a complete personnel listing, but do include exact recording dates, soloists, and arrangers, including Helen Ward, Harry James, Mary Lou Williams, Bunny Berigan, and Krupa. The King of Swing is a perfect introduction to Benny Goodman from the prime era of the big bands.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/05/2002
Label:
Rca
UPC:
0090266390229
catalogNumber:
63902

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Tracks

  1. King Porter Stomp  -  Benny Goodman & His Orchestra
  2. Sometimes I'm Happy  -  Benny Goodman & His Orchestra
  3. Swingtime in the Rockies  -  Benny Goodman & His Orchestra
  4. Bugle Call Rag  -  Benny Goodman & His Orchestra
  5. It's Been So Long  -  Benny Goodman & His Orchestra
  6. Peckin'  -  Benny Goodman & His Orchestra
  7. Sing, Sing, Sing  -  Benny Goodman & His Orchestra
  8. If Dreams Come True  -  Benny Goodman & His Orchestra
  9. Roll 'Em  -  Benny Goodman & His Orchestra
  10. Don't Be That Way  -  Benny Goodman & His Orchestra
  11. Wrappin' It Up  -  Benny Goodman & His Orchestra
  12. Bach Goes to Town: A Fugue in Swing Tempo  -  Benny Goodman & His Orchestra
  13. And the Angels Sing  -  Benny Goodman & His Orchestra
  14. Goodbye  -  Benny Goodman & His Orchestra

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Benny Goodman   Primary Artist,Clarinet
Bunny Berigan   Trumpet
Bud Freeman   Tenor Saxophone
Harry James   Trumpet
Gene Krupa   Drums
Ziggy Elman   Trumpet
Vido Musso   Tenor Saxophone
Helen Ward   Vocals
Nate Kazebier   Trumpet
Murray McEachern   Trombone
Arthur Rollini   Tenor Saxophone
Jess Stacy   Piano
Martha Tilton   Vocals

Technical Credits

Henry Brant   Arranger
Benny Goodman   Composer
Harry James   Arranger
Gordon Jenkins   Arranger
Ziggy Elman   Composer
Irving Mills   Composer
Jimmy Mundy   Arranger
Edgar Sampson   Arranger,Composer
Mary Lou Williams   Arranger
Jack Pettis   Composer
Irving Caesar   Composer
Barry Feldman   Reissue Producer
Fletcher Henderson   Arranger
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Mitchell Parish   Composer
David Rose   Arranger
Elmer Schoebel   Composer
Billy Meyers   Composer
Clifford Grey   Composer
Ross Firestone   Annotation
Ruth Marten   Illustrations

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