Tribute to Benny Goodman with the BBC Big Band

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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Tributes to jazz icons such as Benny Goodman can be double-edged swords, particularly if the band is using some of the same charts as the artist whom they are honoring. This is the case with the BBC Big Band, as they play 14 songs from the extensive Goodman library, with either Ken Peplowski a veteran of Goodman's final band who also assumes his role as the clarinet soloist or, on a few tracks, Barry Forgie serving as musical director. Fortunately, Peplowski's outstanding solos and his ability to get the most out of this very well rehearsed large ensemble assure that the essence of these time tested charts comes through. Peplowski was wise to mix in a few lesser known works,...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Tributes to jazz icons such as Benny Goodman can be double-edged swords, particularly if the band is using some of the same charts as the artist whom they are honoring. This is the case with the BBC Big Band, as they play 14 songs from the extensive Goodman library, with either Ken Peplowski a veteran of Goodman's final band who also assumes his role as the clarinet soloist or, on a few tracks, Barry Forgie serving as musical director. Fortunately, Peplowski's outstanding solos and his ability to get the most out of this very well rehearsed large ensemble assure that the essence of these time tested charts comes through. Peplowski was wise to mix in a few lesser known works, such as Hoagy Carmichael's lyrical "Ballad in Blue" and Tom Satterfield's easygoing "Restless," both of which were arranged by Spud Murphy for Goodman in the mid-1930s. But swing fans will naturally gravitate to the most familiar songs to truly evaluate the orchestra. Rodgers & Hart's "Blue Room," arranged by Fletcher Henderson, is a snappy foot patting miniature, and "Stompin' at the Savoy" has a catchy call and response between Peplowski and vibraphonist Anthony Kerr in a swinging performance. Forgie's transcription of the famous "Sing, Sing, Sing" enables the orchestra to nearly match the energy and excitement caused by the famous 1938 Carnegie Hall concert, even though swing fans already know what is coming; Peplowski's adventurous solo wraps it up with a flourish. While it would be unfair to compare these tracks to Benny Goodman's original records, the BBC Orchestra led by Ken Peplowski would get any audience up and dancing and keep them smiling throughout the evening.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/28/2001
  • Label: Chandos
  • UPC: 095115992722
  • Catalog Number: 9927
  • Sales rank: 303,926

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Bugle Call Rag - BBC Big Band (2:47)
  2. 2 Don't Be That Way - Barry Forgie (4:02)
  3. 3 Ballad in Blue - BBC Big Band (3:12)
  4. 4 Avalon - BBC Big Band (5:08)
  5. 5 Ridin' High - BBC Big Band (3:00)
  6. 6 Restless - BBC Big Band (4:11)
  7. 7 The Blue Room - BBC Big Band (2:43)
  8. 8 Stealin' Apples - BBC Big Band (4:38)
  9. 9 Moonglow - BBC Big Band (6:21)
  10. 10 King Porter Stomp - Barry Forgie (4:19)
  11. 11 Hunkadola - BBC Big Band (3:05)
  12. 12 Between the Devil and The Deep Blue Sea - BBC Big Band (2:58)
  13. 13 Stompin' at the Savoy - BBC Big Band (5:49)
  14. 14 Sing Sing Sing - Barry Forgie (8:57)
  15. 15 Goodbye - Barry Forgie (4:08)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ken Peplowski Primary Artist, Clarinet
BBC Big Band Track Performer
Victor Ash Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Roy Babbington Bass
Nigel Carter Trumpet
Harold Fisher Drums
Graham Atha Guitar
Paul Eshelby Trumpet
Andy Vinter Piano
Anthony Kerr Vibes
Jay Craig Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone
Andy Panayi Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Andy Wood Trombone
John Higinbotham Bass Trombone
Eddie Lorkin Trombone
Brian Rankine Trumpet
Martin Williams Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Technical Credits
Joe Louis Walker Composer
Benny Goodman Composer
Gordon Jenkins Composer
Ken Peplowski Musical Director
Deane Kincaide Arranger
Irving Mills Composer
Jimmy Mundy Arranger
Edgar Sampson Composer
Jack Pettis Composer
Ralph Couzens Executive Producer
Eddie DeLange Composer
Fletcher Henderson Arranger
Will Hudson Composer
Irving Kahal Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Spud Murphy Arranger
Mitchell Parish Composer
Elmer Schoebel Composer
Billy Meyers Composer
Barry Forgie Musical Director
Richard A. Whiting Composer
Andy Redfern Engineer
Sheila Tracy Liner Notes
Bob McDowall Producer
Andy Redfern Engineer
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