5 complete LPs presented on 2 companion volumes! Featuring Carl Perkins, Jimmy Rowles, Barney Kessel and Don Fagerquist! Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw were among the most famous and beloved figures in swing music both as clarinet soloists and orchestra conductors. They were still very active musically in 1957, when Buddy De Franco decided to record a series of sessions paying homage to them. Thirty-five performances were recorded (including four medleys containing three songs each) in four extended sessions made on four consecutive days and with two different groups (guitarist Barney Kessel, however, is present on most of the tracks).
Two CD set. The Complete 'Plays Benny Goodman And Artie Shaw' Sessions, Vol. Two. Second of two volumes from the Jazz clarinet player paying tribute to two influential Jazz greats. Both volumes combined feature five complete albums originally released by DeFranco: I Hear Benny Goodman & Artie Shaw, Buddy DeFranco Plays Benny Goodman, Buddy DeFranco Plays Artie Shaw, Wholly Cats and Closed Session.
Those looking to preview some of the most interesting jazz offerings due to arrive in any given year know that New York's Winter Jazzfest is the place to do it. For more than a decade, this annual January happening has had its finger on the pulse of the jazz world, giving the press, the fans, and curious jazz newcomers an opportunity to hear the best of what's around and the best of what's to come…
Bio of swing band leader 'Benny Goodman' from age 10 (1919) to his landmark Carnegie Hall band concert in 1938. Not exactly historically accurate, but great music. Also, guest appearances by many great musicians of the time.
Benny Goodman's formidable work in front of the big band made him one of the world's most popular musicians, but his work with these "chamber jazz" groups made him one of the world's most respected musicians. Louis Armstrong's Hot Five and Jimmie Noone's Apex Club band, to name two, had prospered in the 1920s as small groups playing traditional New Orleans-style fare, but until Goodman's forays beginning in 1935, the small band had been limited to blues, Dixieland, and the group improvisations of the New Orleans style. Goodman applied the small-group concept to the steady 4/4 rhythm and the repertoire (mostly standards) of swing. Instead of being dance music, this small-group swing showcased the individual and collective talent of the musicians involved–and the talent and telekinetic interplay of these men were considerable to say the least.
Renowned as a virtuoso jazz clarinetist and legendary bandleader, Benny Goodman is also remembered for the works he commissioned from leading composers of his day. Poulenc’s strikingly beautiful Clarinet Sonata was his last composition, while Bernstein’s was his first published piece. Both Gershwin and Stravinsky added their distinctive stamp to the swing vibe which was all the rage in the early 20th century. The jazz flavour of Morton Gould’s Benny’s Gig is heightened by the unusual coupling of clarinet and double bass, while pungent folk rhythms define Bartók’s virtuoso Contrasts.
Benny's Girls: Benny Goodman's Rare Songbirds album by Benny Goodman was released Feb 15, 2005 on the Collectors' Choice Music label. Recording information: 08/16/1934-06/13/1951.
This performance was recorded by Goodman himself during a July 1954 engagement at the Basin Street East jazz club, in New York. This particular sextet had been formed for a tour (which was later canceled) with Louis Armstrong's All Stars in the spring of 1953. Although all of the band members were superb musicians, the most interesting pairing here is that of Benny and trumpeter Charlie Shavers. A veteran of the Swing era, Shavers had extensive experience with both small groups (John Kirby) and big bands (Tommy Dorsey). This superb session brings us 19 tracks of great music by an otherwise unrecorded Benny Goodman sextet. (Fresh Sound Records)