With Benny in Mind

With Benny in Mind

by Allan Vaché


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With Benny in Mind

In a testimonial printed on the back of the CD case, Bill Hyland (executor of the Benny Goodman estate) observes that this album looks both "backward and forward in a stylistic sense." That's baloney. This album looks resolutely and unapologetically backward in a stylistic sense, straight back to the 1930s, when Benny Goodman was making his hugely influential small-ensemble recordings. And it does so beautifully, with a clarity and grace that sometimes seem to have gone entirely missing in jazz since Goodman's death. "Grace" should not be confused with "wimpiness," of course, and on this wonderful sextet date clarinetist Allan Vaché leads a group that includes some of the hottest swing players currently in the business, among them pianist John Sheridan, drummer Ed Metz, Jr. and a young vibraphonist named Christian Tamburr -- remember that name. The program is completely unsurprising and includes just about all the usual suspects: "Flyin' Home," "Body and Soul," "Airmail Special," even "The World Is Waiting for the Sunrise." But when Sheridan kicks in the stride technique on "Air Mail Special" or Tamburr digs in deep on "Flyin' Home," it will be as if you're hearing these hoary old classics for the first time. Well, maybe for the second time.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/13/2007
Label: Arbors Records
UPC: 0780941133820
catalogNumber: 19338

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Allan Vaché   Primary Artist,Clarinet
Vincent Corrao   Guitar
Phil Flanigan   Bass
Ed Metz   Drums
John Sheridan   Piano
Christian Tamburr   Vibes

Technical Credits

Eubie Blake   Composer
Charlie Christian   Composer
Benny Goodman   Composer
Lionel Hampton   Composer
Gordon Jenkins   Composer
Jolson   Composer
Irving Mills   Composer
Jimmy Mundy   Composer
Edgar Sampson   Composer
Chick Webb   Composer
Allan Vaché   Arranger,Producer,Liner Notes,Cover Design
Andy Razaf   Composer
Eddie DeLange   Composer
Buddy DeSylva   Composer
Johnny Green   Composer
Edward Heyman   Composer
Will Hudson   Composer
Bill Hyland   Liner Notes,Author
Vincent Rose   Composer
Harry Warren   Composer
Gary Baldassari   Engineer
Benny Goodman & His Orchestra   Composer
John Sheridan   Arranger
Mat Domber   Executive Producer
Rachel Domber   Executive Producer
Robert Sour   Composer
Frank Eyton   Composer
Mort Dixon   Composer
Eugene Lockhart   Composer
Ernest Seitz   Composer
Craig Johnson   Photo Courtesy
Fred Royal   Composer
Sid Robin   Composer
Arbors   Audio Production

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