Benny Goodman – Small Bands Collection 1935-45 (3CD Set)


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Release Date: 2021

Label: Acrobat


Track List

Disc: 1

  • After You’ve Gone
  • Body And Soul
  • Who ?
  • Someday Sweetheart
  • China Boy
  • More Than You Know
  • Lady Be Good
  • Nobody’s Sweetheart
  • Dinah
  • Sweet Sue, Just You
  • My Melancholy Baby
  • Tiger Rag
  • Stompin’ At The Savoy
  • Whispering
  • Ida
  • Tea For Two
  • Runnin’ Wild
  • Avalon
  • Handful Of Keys
  • The Man I Love
  • Smiles
  • Liza
  • Where Or When
  • Vieni, Vieni

Disc: 2

  • I’m A Ding Dong Daddy (From Dumas)
  • Sweet Lorraine
  • The Blues In Your Flat
  • Sugar
  • Dizzy Spells
  • Opus 1/2
  • I Must Have That Man
  • Sweet Georgia Brown
  • ‘S Wonderful
  • Pick-A-Rib (Pt 1)
  • I Cried For You
  • I Know That You Know
  • Opus 3/4
  • Flying Home [Homeward Bound]
  • Rose Room (In Sunny Roseland)
  • Star Dust
  • Memories Of You
  • Soft Winds
  • Seven Come Eleven [Roast Turkey Stomp]
  • Shivers
  • AC-DC Current
  • I’m Confessin’
  • The Sheik Of Araby

Disc: 3

  • Poor Butterfly
  • I Surrender Dear
  • Grand Slam [Boy Meets Goy]
  • Six Appeal [My Daddy Rocks Me]
  • These Foolish Things
  • Good Enough To Keep [Airmail Special]
  • Wholly Cats
  • Royal Garden Blues
  • As long As I live
  • Benny’s Bugle
  • I Can’t Give You Anything But Love
  • Breakfast Feud
  • On The Alamo
  • I’ve Found A New Baby
  • Gone With What Draft
  • A Smo-O-Oth One
  • If I Had You
  • Limehouse Blues
  • The Wang-Wang Blues
  • The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise
  • Slipped Disc
  • Oomph Fah Fah
  • Shine
  • Ain’t Misbehavin’



Clarinettist and bandleader Benny Goodman was one of the giants of the swing era, with his orchestra pioneering the genre in the late ’30s and riding the big band wave through into the post-ear era. However, he also greatly enjoyed playing in more flexible small jazz groups, where his superb technique had more of a chance to shine. This great-value 70-track 3-CD set brings together a significant proportion, but excluding vocal performances, of the titles he recorded in Trio, Quartet, Quintet, Sextet and Septet environments the heyday of his swing orchestra, often recording with artists drawn from the current incarnation of his bands. It comprises recordings on the Victor, Columbia and Okeh labels, and not surprisingly features a host of significant jazz personalities, including Teddy Wilson, Gene Krupa, Lionel Hampton, Charlie Christian, Cootie Williams, Count Basie, Red Norvo, Slam Stewart, John Kirby, Fletcher Henderson, Johnny Guarnieri, Georgie Auld and many more. It’s a thoroughly enjoyable anthology of small band jazz that defies being categorised, ranging across both well-known standards and original compositions, and allows us to hear Benny and his colleagues swinging and improvising in some star-studded line-ups.



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