Benny Goodman - The Very Best of Benny Goodman

Benny Goodman - The Very Best of Benny Goodman
Styles: Sweet Bands, Big Band, Swing
Genre: Jazz
Album: The Very Best of Benny Goodman
Release Date: November 7, 2000
Artist: Benny Goodman
Duration: 01:07:49

The Benny Goodman library hasn't been well treated by RCA-BMG, especially in the area of mid-priced compilations -- there were too many reissues done in the late '80s and early '90s, before the advent of 20-bit and 24-bit mastering and other high-resolution digital formats, that really make a difference on those old analog masters. The result is a lot of Goodman out there on CD (from Sony Music as well as BMG, the former label hardly being guiltless in this matter, either) that sounds tinny and thin. That is most decidedly not a problem with this 20-song CD, which offers the kind of sound that CDs originally promised (but generally didn't deliver) on music of this vintage, all dating between 1935 and 1938 -- Goodman's solo on "St. Louis Blues" does, indeed, sound as though the clarinetist is suddenly in the room with you, and the entire rhythm section right down to the guitar comes through just as clearly as the featured soloists. What's more, you even get the experience of room ambience on these nearly 70-year-old masters. It's worth buying just to hear the studio rendition of "One O'Clock Jump," a piece better known from its concert incarnation at the legendary Carnegie Hall performance -- most of what's here is instrumental, though the producers have included the Martha Tilton-sung "Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen" (in two-parts), "And the Angels Sing," "Goodie Goodie" with Helen Ward's vocals, and, most important, "Exactly Like You," featuring the Goodman Quartet with Lionel Hampton singing -- Hampton's vibraphone is so much in the fore that it sounds as fresh as if it had been recorded yesterday, on "Sweet Georgia Brown" and "Moonglow." Loren Schoenberg's annotation is as good as the remastering, and the disc is a bargain by any measure, as well as a pleasure.

Title/ComposerPerformerTime
Bugle Call Rag / Billy Meyers / Jack Pettis / Elmer SchoebelBenny Goodman feat: Benny Goodman & His Orchestra3:01
St. Louis Blues / W.C. HandyBenny Goodman feat: Benny Goodman & His Orchestra3:23
Swingtime in the Rockies / Benny Goodman / Jimmy MundyBenny Goodman feat: Benny Goodman & His Orchestra3:12
One O'Clock Jump / Count BasieBenny Goodman feat: Benny Goodman & His Orchestra3:15
Exactly Like You / Dorothy Fields / Jimmy McHughBenny Goodman feat: Benny Goodman & Quartet3:19
Sweet Georgia Brown / Ben Bernie / Kenneth Casey / Maceo PinkardBenny Goodman3:06
I Know That You Know / Anne Caldwell / Vincent YoumansBenny Goodman feat: Benny Goodman & His Orchestra2:06
And the Angels Sing / Ziggy Elman / Johnny MercerBenny Goodman feat: Benny Goodman & His Orchestra3:14
Stompin' at the Savoy / Benny Goodman / Andy Razaf / Edgar Sampson / Chick WebbBenny Goodman feat: Benny Goodman & His Orchestra3:17
After You've Gone / Henry Creamer / Turner LaytonBenny Goodman2:48
Avalon / Buddy DeSylva / Al Jolson / Vincent RoseBenny Goodman feat: Benny Goodman & Quartet2:47
In a Sentimental Mood / Duke Ellington / Manny Kurtz / Irving MillsBenny Goodman feat: Benny Goodman & His Orchestra3:41
The Glory of Love / Billy HillBenny Goodman feat: Benny Goodman & His Orchestra2:40
Goody Goody / Matty Malneck / Johnny MercerBenny Goodman feat: Benny Goodman & His Orchestra2:31
Bei Mir Bist du Schön, Pt. 1 / Sammy Cahn / Saul Chaplin / Jacob Jacobs / Sholom SecundaBenny Goodman feat: Benny Goodman & Quartet3:26
Bei Mir Bist du Schön, Pt. 2 / Sammy Cahn / Saul Chaplin / Jacob Jacobs / Sholom SecundaBenny Goodman feat: Benny Goodman & Quartet3:26
I Cried for You / Gus Arnheim / Arthur Freed / Abe LymanBenny Goodman feat: Benny Goodman & Quartet3:23
Moonglow / Eddie DeLange / Will Hudson / Irving MillsBenny Goodman feat: Benny Goodman & Quartet3:25
King Porter Stomp / Jelly Roll MortonBenny Goodman feat: Benny Goodman & His Orchestra3:11
Sing, Sing, Sing, Pt. 1 & 2 / Louis PrimaBenny Goodman feat: Helen Ward8:38

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