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4.0 out of 5 stars you turned the tables on me, March 12, 2003
This review is from: Ken Burns JAZZ Collection: Benny Goodman (Audio CD)
The music on this disc swings delightfully. It has a warm, friendly quality that can only remind you of your own good moods. There are tracks from the Trio, Quartet, Sextet, and Orchestra. Some live, and some studio. Although you may want to know that the following tracks are live and not the original studio recordings: King Porter Stomp, Roll `Em, You Turned the Tables on Me, Don't Be That Way, Avalon, and Goodbye. This was initially a bit of a disappointment and I wish it was stated on the printed song list as it would have informed my decision to buy this particular collection. (I was looking for the original studio recordings of a few of these tunes) I had to detract a star for this. But that aside, it's a fantastic collection!
The first five tracks are early recordings of Benny before he had his own band. They begin with Ben Pollack's Orchestra from 1927 then proceed through Jimmy Bracken's Toe Ticklers from '29, Red Nichols from '30 and Ted Lewis from '31. The collection then begins the Benny Goodman Orchestra proper at track 6 and proceeds somewhat chronologically through the 30's, making brief stops in the 40's and 50's before coming to the end. This format works pretty well but can only provide a rocket-fast overview of a massive body of work.
If you are beginning a curiosity about Benny Goodman, this is a good place, but not the best place to start. I'd recommend a collection of studio recordings such as the one from Bluebird called "Sing, Sing, Sing"
If you are already familiar with BG, then this disc is a great offering of live and scattered-date recordings Either way, it is a fantastic collection crackling with energy and sure to entertain.
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