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Carnegie Hall Jazz Concert [Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, Live]

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  • Audio CD (November 2, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: 1938
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, Live
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00002MZ2L
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,458 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Benny Goodman Introduction
2. Don't Be That Way
3. Sometimes I'm Happy
4. One O'Clock Jump
5. Applause/Transition to Twenty Years of Jazz
6. Sensation Rag
7. I'm Coming Virginia
8. When My Baby Smiles at Me
9. Shine
10. Blue Reverie
See all 19 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Blue Skies
2. Loch Lomond
3. Applause/Benny Goodman's "No Encore" Announcement
4. The Blue Room
5. Swingtime in the Rockies
6. Bei Mir Bist du Schön
7. Applause/Setting-Up for BG Small Groups
8. China Boy
9. Stompin' at the Savoy
10. Dizzy Spells
See all 15 tracks on this disc

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On the night of January 16, 1938, American music was changed forever when Benny Goodman and his cohorts-Harry James, Count Basie, Teddy Wilson, Gene Krupa, Lionel Hampton, Cootie Williams, Bobby Hackett and many others-brought jazz to the rarefied concert setting of Carnegie Hall for the first time. Originally released on LP in 1950 and out of print for several years, this legendary night is presented on this 2-CD set in its entirety for the first time , with many unreleased tracks!

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In jazz, live recordings not only document an artist or group's sound in its purest form but, in rare cases, herald the arrival of a musical genre. That's the case with this invaluable, two-CD collection that captures clarinetist Benny Goodman's historic 1938 Carnegie Hall concert, which exemplified the so-called "swing era." Originally released in 1950, it contains rare commentary from Goodman and music from the entire event, which was a unique mix of formality and spontaneity. Goodman's perfect intonation and lyrical improvisation front the big band here, featuring the smooth solos of trumpeter Harry James, the percussive power of Gene Krupa--jumping the blues on "Don't Be That Way"--and the Fletcher Henderson- arranged "Sometimes I'm Happy" and "One O'Clock Jump." Another segment of the evening, called "Twenty Years of Jazz," takes Goodman to New Orleans with a lickety-split reading of "Sensation Rag" and "When My Baby Smiles at Me." A spirited jam session follows with Count Basie on the keys, alto, tenor, and baritone saxophonists Johnny Hodges, Lester Young, and Harry Carney, along with trumpeter Buck Clayton. Goodman hangs tough with the crew on a rollicking read of Fats Waller's "Honeysuckle Rose." The spotlight turns to Goodman's color-line breaking small combos. His trio with Krupa and the elegant, fleet-fingered Teddy Wilson on piano delivers a harmonically delicious version of "Body & Soul" that would give Coleman Hawkins's version a run for its money. When vibraphonist Lionel Hampton gets into the mix and makes it a quartet, the standards "Avalon," "The Man I Love," and "I Got Rhythm," as well as "Stompin' at the Savoy," are transformed into timeless vehicles of improvisation. The big band returns with growling grandeur on Irving Berlin's optimistic "Blue Skies" and the British Isle balladry of "Loch Lomond," with the majestic vocals of Martha Tilton. One listen to Goodman and company's rockhouse romp on "Sing, Sing, Sing" will testify to the success of this event, which still reverberates today. --Eugene Holley Jr.

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97 of 98 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lose the noise, lose the music January 14, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I can't offer enough praise to Sony/Columbia Legacy for this outstanding remaster of the original acetates for Benny Goodman's Carnegie Hall Concert of January 1938. Critiques offered at this venue seem to concentrate on the obviousness of the surface noise present on the original transcription discs. Let me go on record as both a jazz afficianado/broadcaster and someone with experience remastering old discs, that there are some cases where you have to retain some noise to preserve an integral part of the music signal.
I would rather hear the full mighty thwack and shimmer of Gene Krupa's drum kit with some intermittent surface crackle, than hear the event through the wooly gauze of "digital noise reduction." Such was the case of the '80's incarnation of this material on CD. And, in spite of assertions to the contrary, the original LP's of the early '50's were heavily filtered as well, with compressed dynamic levels to accomodate the restrictions of the vinyl groove.
Now, content-wise, this is our first opportunity to hear ALL of the Carnegie material: all of the applause, Benny's onstage announcements, musicians setting up, even the foot-stomping of those fans who were seated onstage. Plus, the missing tunes that were originally cut from the LP production because of surface quality. Friends, this is as close as we'll ever be sonically to an event that occurred 62 years ago. I, for one, will quickly adjust to some surface crackle in order to experience the spine-tingling roar of the 1938 Goodman orchestra in full cry. Buy this CD set, read the liner booklet, and listen. THIS is the way it was.
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128 of 132 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Concert January 14, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Finally the complete concert is released on CD. I'm not a big jazz fan, but I bought the original CD issue of this in the 1980's and I bought this version. The new release contains the entire concert for this first time. Previous releases omitted 2 songs and edited the "Honeysuckle Rose" jam. This concert contains a lot of fantastic music and it shows off Goodman's best band at the height of their powers. As regards the sound quality, some are going to hate it. You need to remember that the original concert was recorded on state of the art 1938 technology, which meant it was recorded to lacquer disks, not vinyl tape, under what were essentially bootleg conditions. If anything, we should maybe be amazed that the sound is as good as it is. This reissue went back to the original "masters", which are the disks. The disks have tremendous surface noise - the original LP pressing probably wasn't that clean either. What is different about this is that the producers made no attempt to remove the surface noise because that would have removed part of the sound of the concert. They felt it was more important to preserve every note and nuance of the performance at the cost of having audible surface throughout the set. If you are expecting a clean, modern sounding recording, you will be unhappy with this. I compared my original CD to this one and this new release sounds more natural. It's clear that the original CD release (and probably the original LP) were tweaked a bit. The original CD sounds louder, but whoever produced it probably just turned up the volume and turned up the bass and treble to boot. Folks it's not going to get any better than this. Either you can live with the surface noise or you can't. Read more ›
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54 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everybody chill about the pops and the crackle! November 30, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is a wonderful recreation of what transpired on January 16, 1938. Many consider that this concert legitimized Jazz for a mainstream audience. That issue may be debatable, but what is not debatable is the strength of the music.
While the LP and previous CD issue showed that this was a wonderful live concert full of soul and vitality, this new CD issue lets us listen in to the whole concert in real time (including moments of near silence as the band sets up). It is truly a wonder to listen to.
But as with all things this comes with a cost. Live recordings of the time were made on shellac 78 r.p.m. records. They were not recorded on tape. Thus, we're hearing what is in essence a CD recording of a vinyl record. Some may balk at the pops and crackles (this is most noticeable on Sing Sing Sing, particularly during Krupa's drum solo, but much quieter on other tracks); however, removing those pops removes a lot of the timbre and feel of the recording along with it. My opinion is that we have become so enamored with noise free sound that we forget what we lose in the process of removing that "noise". I have some Ellington CD's that have much less hiss and crackle but sound tremendously flat and lack resonance and depth in the piano and drums. I applaud Columbia for having the guts to release the record with surface noise to retain the original feel of the recording not to mention the wonderful resonance of Carnegie Hall.
So to everyone: chill out and enjoy a historic recording!
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sounds just like the original 1950 Columbia LP March 22, 2000
By "dgrad"
Format:Audio CD
I grew up listening to my dad's 1950 Columbia LP, which I discovered at the age of 11 in 1973. I listened to it so often I memorized it, note for note. I bought new Columbia LPs in the mid or late 1970s, but they were electronically engineered to reduce the surface noise, and were like listening to the original with earplugs in--very muffled. I kept waiting for a real CD release. And here it is. Frankly, the two songs that were missing from the previous releases aren't worth much, but the restored "Honeysuckle Rose" jam is worth every penny. The sound quality on the new CD is about what Columbia's 1950 LP was--the scratches, clicks, and pops are in the same place. All this means is that my dad's record wasn't scratched as badly as I thought--this was the sound of the original master disks. I agree that it could have been cleaned up somewhat, but maybe the technology is still not in place to do justice to the 1938 Carnegie Hall concert. Oh well, it still beats having to play the old LP, and now I can toss out or sell my 1970s vintage disks. All in all, it's worth having because the music is great!
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5.0 out of 5 stars This was the greatest Jazz Concert in the history of music in the ...
This was the greatest Jazz Concert in the history of music in the late 30's/early 40's by the greatest jazz musicians who ever lived - IMHO for all times. Read more
Published 1 month ago by James Alexander
5.0 out of 5 stars Benny's Masterpiece
I've had the vinyl of this concert since the early '50s. It is a true landmark in American music. This remastered CD set is magnificent. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Richard Andrews
5.0 out of 5 stars The Wizard of Oz of Big Band recordings!
Really really great quality. I have listened to this recording on LP and there is no comparison. I can even hear Lionel Hampton breathing and grunting while he is tearing up the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Steve A
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Music but Static Background
The music is good on this CD but the static isn't. I would have given this CD a five star rating if it wasn't for the static in the background.
Published 3 months ago by Lilly
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
As always they deliver a knockout album with awesome instrumentals. Brings me back to when I was a little kid listening to music with grandpa.
Published 4 months ago by Rion Ostrom
5.0 out of 5 stars Love that music!
One of the great swing concerts of all time!! It is wonderful to see this classic available for another generation.
Published 6 months ago by us
3.0 out of 5 stars bad order
When I opened it, instead of 2 discs, there was only one..they did discount the charge, but I wanted the whole album
Published 9 months ago by Sherry
3.0 out of 5 stars Cds review.
I didn't know these compact discs were records you can put into a stero or into a compact discs walkman.
Published 9 months ago by Britt
5.0 out of 5 stars Great to have this concert for the collection
Great music, excellent recording (for it's time). It has been preserved with original surface noise to intensify the feeling of having been in the Hall at that time,
Published 10 months ago by Michael Z.
5.0 out of 5 stars Benny Goodman At Carnegie Hall Will Shine Forever!
In 1938, when The Swing Era was riding high on the music charts and making great
strides within the jazz scene, Benny Goodman's all-star live extravaganza he presented... Read more
Published 13 months ago by RH
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i don't have the duke set but i can tell you that the dense and persistent crackles in the BG set are seriously amenable to amelioration by judicious use of declicking software. before the declicking operations, the crackles on the BG set obscured most of the inner voices, such as the... Read More
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