2008 two CD set. Recorded between 1935 and 1939. Clarinetist Benny Goodman not only led one of the most influential Big Bands in the world, he ushered the "small combo" movement into Jazz. Made up of trio and quartet dates, plus a few scattered vocal tracks, this compilation contains some remarkable moments in Jazz history. "China Boy" is an up-tempo classic that features the incomparable stride piano skills of Teddy Wilson, as well the agile brush work of drummer Gene Krupa, while "Sugar" presents a tricky melody that is played with precision and ease by both Goodman and vibraphonist Lionel Hampton. Goodman's highly chromatic solo also hints at the Bebop revolution that lay just around the corner. Definitive.
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