The Essential Benny Goodman

The Essential Benny Goodman

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This fantastic new 2CD has Benny Goodman’s voluminous output to two “essential” CDs and 40 songs including the previously un-issued master takes of “Sing, Sing, Sing” and “Don’t Be That Way”. It represents his most vital and accessible recordings mostly from the 1930s and early 1940s when Goodman did his most innovative swing jazz work and was working with his best musicians. The set is divided into four equal portions one each for “Benny’s Big Band Arrangers,” “Benny Visits Tin Pan Alley,” “Benny’s Small Groups,” and “Benny Live” allowing listeners to experience and sample four different sides of his early work. Goodman accompanists who would become stars in their own right Lionel Hampton, Harry James, Gene Krupa, Charlie Christian, Peggy Lee, and Teddy Wilson are all heard on this great album.


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