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Benny Goodman in the mood Recorded 1937-1939

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Total Length: 31:04

In The Mood - 2.12
The Yam - 3.21
Moten Swing - 2.43
Clap Hands Here Comes Charlie - 1.55
Blue Hawaii - 2.36
All Of Me - 2.23
Hartford Stomp - 2.51
Trees - 2.36
Begin The Beguine - 2.50
Sly Mongoose - 2.55
Hot Foot Shuffle - 2.28
Hold Tight - 2.14


Benny Goodman was dubbed the “King of Swing” after his became one of the bestselling jazz artists of his ear. Whether or not jazz critics felt he merited this honor, Goodman was one of the important clarinetists and bandleaders of the Swing Era. Born to a poor Jewish family in 1909 in Chicago, Goodman showed quick prowess on his instrument and was working with Ben Pollack by 1926. First gaining exposure as a leader with the “Let’s Dance” NBC Radio broadcasts in 1934, within a few short years he achieved a huge commercial success with both his big band and his integrated quartet with Teddy Wilson, Lionel Hampton and Gene Krupa. Goodman achieved many hit records into the early 1940s, appeared in films and occasionally on television, while he gained worldwide exposure touring under the auspices of the U.S. State Department. Though Goodman rarely maintained a working band after the mid-1950s, only organizing them for specific tours, he still proved to be in demand for record dates and concerts until his death following a heart attack in 1986. The source of these twelve performances featuring Goodman and his orchestra come from various Camel Caravan radio broadcasts originating around the U.S., all recorded between 1937 and 1939. Goodman takes most of the solos in these performances, though trumpeter Harry James, pianist Jess Stacy and tenor saxophonist Art Rollini are also showcased at times. Many of the songs were only briefly in Goodman’s band book, including “Moten Swing,” “Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie,” the obscure “Hartford Stomp” which was premiered in its namesake city, the standard “Begin the Beguine” (a hit for clarinetist and Goodman rival Artie Shaw) and a breezy Latin-flavored Eddie Sauter arrangement of “Sly Mongoose,” all of which were never again performed or recorded commercially by the clarinetist. The upbeat “Hot Foot Shuffle, lists Goodman with Joe Thomas and Fred Norman as co-composers (Norman was the arranger). Harry James (on muted trumpet) and Art Rollini join Goodman in the solo spotlight; it is also the only performance of this song in the clarinetist’s vast discography. Most of the other pieces were also rarely played by Goodman, though these swinging renditions merit praise. Joyce Kilmer’s famous poem “Trees” was set to music by Oscar Rasbach, this version is an instrumental arranged by Fletcher Henderson. The Ralph Rainger/Leo Robin work “Blue Hawaii,” which Goodman would very briefly restore to his book in 1961, showcases the leader and James. The standard “All of Me” was intermittently in the clarinetist’s repertoire between 1937 and 1978, this arrangement, probably by Fletcher Henderson, has no clarinet solo, Harry James and Art Rollini are the only soloists.

 
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