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Benny Goodman - Live at Carnegie Hall: 40th Anniversary Concert (1990) [Swing, Vocal Jazz, Big Band]; FLAC (tracks+.cue)

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Benny Goodman - Live at Carnegie Hall: 40th Anniversary Concert (1990) [Swing, Vocal Jazz, Big Band]; FLAC (tracks+.cue)

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Artist: Benny Goodman
Album: Live at Carnegie Hall: 40th Anniversary Concert
Genre: Swing, Vocal Jazz, Big Band
Label: London Records
Released: 1978/1990
Quality: FLAC (tracks+.cue)
Tracklist:
    CD 1:
  1. Let's Dance (1:13)
  2. I've Found A New Baby (3:50)
  3. Send in the Clowns (3:12)
  4. Loch Lomond (3:52)
  5. Stardust (3:35)
  6. I Love a Piano (3:41)
  7. Roll 'Em (7:16)
  8. King Porter Stomp (5:08)
  9. Rocky Raccoon (5:36)
  10. Yesterday (2:10)
  11. That's A Plenty (6:41)
  12. How High the Moon (9:09)

    CD 2:
  1. Moonglow (5:04)
  2. Oh! Lady Be Good (5:37)
  3. Jersey Bounce (4:05)
  4. Seven Come Eleven (6:42)
  5. Someone To Watch Over Me (2:41)
  6. Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone (2:43)
  7. Benny Goodman Medley (8:25)
  8. Sing, Sing, Sing/Christopher Columbus (12:57)
  9. Goodbye (3:57)

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In 1978, Benny Goodman celebrated the 40th anniversary of his original pioneering Carnegie Hall concert with an anniversary performance at the palace of classical music. From reviews of the actual event, the music and presentation were quite erratic, but this double LP (and double CD), which only includes the best moments, is on a higher level. In addition to a strong big band, Goodman was joined by vibraphonist Lionel Hampton, pianist Mary Lou Williams -- whose performance throughout makes this set worth hearing -- his late-'30s vocalist Martha Tilton, and a newer singer, Debi Craig. With trumpeters Warren Vache and Jack Sheldon, and tenor saxophonist Buddy Tate also getting solo space, Goodman was fairly inspired; he even sings "I Love a Piano," reminding listeners of the fact that he occasionally sang with his band in their prime years, and even in one of their movies (The Gang's All Here). With the exception of a medley, "Loch Lomond," and, of course, "Sing Sing Sing" (which has drummer Connie Kay playing Gene Krupa's famous solo), none of the songs from the 1938 concert were reprised. And it is the new repertory that gives Goodman the most difficulty -- he reaches out to add some contemporary numbers, including Stephen Sondheim's "Send in the Clowns" (which isn't terribly inspired here), John Lennon and Paul McCartney's "Yesterday" (which sort of works), and "Rocky Raccoon" (embarrassingly sung by Jack Sheldon -- why they didn't look at doing, say, "When I'm Sixty Four," which has a juicy clarinet part in it already, is anyone's guess, but none of these really lend themselves to improvisation in the way that the popular songs of Goodman's prime did. The swing-era numbers that are covered -- "King Porter Stomp," "That's a Plenty," "Moonglow," etc. -- are generally good, with "Roll 'Em" (featuring superb piano by Williams, and solos by Buddy Tate, Vache, and Goodman, plus a Krupa-style finish by Kay on the drums) the highlight. As with many live albums of this period, it is somewhat under-recorded between the songs, so that playing the music at a reasonable volume can leave the listener straining to hear what is being said by Goodman et. al by way of introduction. Apart from those digressions into contemporary music, this is a surprisingly worthwhile set, showing Goodman still in fine form musically eight years before his death.
review by Scott Yanow

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