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Benny Goodman in Moscow

Benny GoodmanAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 12, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Dutton Vocalion
  • ASIN: B00AF6B35K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #172,270 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Benny Goodman's 1962 visit to the Soviet Union marked the first time a jazz band from the United States had ever toured the country. For the occasion, the legendary ''King of Swing'' assembled a fantastic big band that played to an appreciative audience that was mostly unfamiliar with the genre. Goodman arranged to record a number of concerts during the tour, and RCA Victor released excerpts of his final week in Moscow on a two record set released in December of the same year. Goodman's performances on the recording are first rate, and the sound quality is superb. The repertoire includes a number of his favorite standards, but there are also some less familiar tracks including Tommy Newsom's ''Titter Pipes,'' which features both Phil Woods and Zoot Sims. This set has been long-awaited by jazz fans everywhere, and Dutton's usual top-rate remastering makes it a must-have.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Benny with an all-star band in Moscow - December 13, 2013
By Jones
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They are all in their prime, and play that way as well. First class in every respect, from Mel Lewis and Bill Crow and phenomenal musicianship in every section.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Benny is as good as ever. June 2, 2013
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A good transcription of the original vinyl I had 45 years ago. This is truly one of the great big band albums.
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5.0 out of 5 stars At long last May 11, 2013
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After years of watching and waiting for this to be on CD...
Quality better than that of the original vinyl release I inherited, but not remarkably better.
I suspect this was remastered from a decent copy of an over-the-counter reel-to-reel issue (rather than from the original master tape).
Until (if ever) the raw tapes are ever located, remixed (assuming they were more than two-track), and remastered, I will enjoy the heck out of this CD reissue.
My favorite 'cut': Titter Pipes. "Zoot!" "Pheeel!"
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful CD. Way before my time but I love ... July 14, 2014
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A wonderful CD. Way before my time but I love it anyway. Not at all wht I expected from Benny Goodman.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good CD, but a product off bad politics. September 6, 2013
Format:Audio CD
The CD is decent, but the circumstance of this performance has an unsavory element.
There was a vocalist at these performances that was left out (Joya Sherrill) because Benny thought he was upstaged.
The same is true of an outstanding performance by Phil Woods.
To get the whole story just google "To Russia without love".
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