This DVD/remastered audio CD set includes Benny's greatest recordings plus a special video collection of movie clips and TV specials from the 1960's.
Benny Goodman's 100th birthday wouldn't have been until 2009, but Bluebird has loosened the parameters for its Centennial Collection
series. So here is yet another collection of the King of Swing's recordings from the mid-to-late '30s, including his legendary collaborations with arranger Fletcher Henderson
--but not such Columbia items as the 1938 Carnegie Hall Concert
. The classics here include "Sing, Sing, Sing" and "King Porter Stomp," and there's a guest appearance by Ella Fitzgerald
. Although the bulk of the material features the full orchestra, the set also includes one track by his trio, two by the quartet, and a 1936 all-star septet under Gene Krupa
's name. The DVD ranges from film performances of the 1940s to clips from the 1966 Belgian Jazz Festival. The closing audio-only interview with Goodman comes from an unidentified date. --Lloyd Sachs