Benny GOODMAN - An Airmail Special from Berlin 1959

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JASCD402

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Benny Goodman possessed a rare gift, one shared with only a handful of other jazz musicians. Duke Ellington had it. Miles Davis had it, as did Art Blakey. It would probably be too perfunctory to describe it as a talent for leadership, and far too pretentious to call it something as ornate as a transcendent catalytic ability. The truth lies somewhere between the two. Like Ellington, Davis and Blakey, Goodman was able to consistently pull together musicians of disparate styles and musical predilections and re-cast their music in his own idiom, without so much as surrendering any of their individual identities. He had done this with his original Quartet of Lionel Hampton, Gene Krupa and Teddy Wilson, four super-nova talents that might have burned themselves out in a blaze of self-indulgence had someone with a lesser grip on leadership than Goodman been in charge. Later on in his career, he created fewer stars and often drew upon a small clique of established names but the principle remained the same - you came to play Benny Goodman's music, whoever you were.

See also JASCD 144/5, JASCD 394, JASCD 409, JASCD 656.

Track Listing

Disc One
1. AIRMAIL SPECIAL
2. RACHEL'S DREAM
3. SLIPPED DISC
4. GET HAPPY
5. TEN-BONE
6. FOUR BROTHERS v. Anita O'Day
7. I WANT TO BE HAPPY
8. HONEYSUCKLE ROSE v. Anita O'Day
9. BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA
10. GO, MARGOT, GO!

Disc Two
1. GOTTA BE THIS OR THAT v. Anita O'Day
2. JAM ON THE BREAKS
3. BOOGIE BLUES / LET ME OFF UPTOWN v. Anita O'Day
4. BILLIE'S BOUNCE
5. WHEN YOU'RE SMILING
6. RAZE THE RIFF
7. MEDLEY: DON'T BE THAT WAY / STOMPIN' AT THE SAVOY / ON THE SUNNY SIDE OF THE STREET / ROSE ROOM / IN A MELLOW TONE / MOONGLOW
8. SING, SING, SING
9. ROOM 608
10. BREAKFAST FEUD / GOODBYE

JASCD402

Data sheet

Format
2CD
Price Code
B
Release Date
01/03/2003
UPC Bar Code No
604988040227