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The Centennial Collection [Benny Goodman]

  • 1. Sometimes I'm Happy
    2. King Porter Stomp
    3. Body and Soul
    4. Good-Bye
    5. I Hope Gabriel Likes My Music
    6. Swingtime in the Rockies
    7. These Foolish Things Remind Me of You
    8. Moonglow
    9. Bugle Call Rag
    10. Jam Session
    11. Goodnight, My Love
    12. I Want to Be Happy
    13. Rosetta
    14. Sing, Sing, Sing
    15. Roll 'Em
    16. Life Goes to a Party
    17. Lullaby in Rhythm
    18. Wrappin' It Up
    19. Bumble Bee Stomp
    20. And the Angels Sing
    21. Opus 3/4
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 60088

  • Credits

    This release includes a bonus DVD featuring movie clips and TV specials from the 1960's.
    Personnel: Benny Goodman (clarinet); Ella Fitzgerald, Helen Ward, Martha Tilton (vocals); Chu Berry (tenor saxophone); Roy Eldridge (trumpet); Lionel Hampton (vibraphone); Gene Krupa (drums).
    Liner Note Author: David French.
    This two-disc Benny Goodman set includes not only 21 swing classics, but also a DVD of rare performance footage. The audio disc is made up of many Goodman favorites culled from 1935-1939, including "Moonglow" and "Sing, Sing, Sing." The former is a romantic selection that features Goodman's groundbreaking quartet. On this track, Goodman's clarinet renders a lonely melody, but vibraphonist Lionel Hampton spices things up midway through the tune with a snappy solo. "Sing, Sing, Sing" has a kind of jungle feel to it, as drummer Gene Krupa beats passionately on his tom-toms. Nearly nine minutes in length, "Sing, Sing, Sing" really allows the band to open up. (This is particularly true of Goodman, who plays a terrific modal clarinet solo.)
    The DVD is a real bonus to THE CENTENNIAL COLLECTION. Priceless footage is included here of the Goodman Orchestra, collected from various movie appearances. By watching the band in action, one really gets a sense of the musicians' remarkable skills. Equally fascinating are clips of Goodman performing in the 1960s, just prior to his years in semi-retirement.

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