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Album Review

As with the first volume, this LP has two complete radio broadcasts that catch the Benny Goodman Orchestra near the height of its fame in August 1937. The novelty numbers by unwanted guests and the dated verbal chatter are forgettable but fine quartet versions of "Stompin' at the Savoy" and "Vibraphone Blues" along with full-band romps on "Roll 'Em" and "House Hop" are memorable.


Born: 30 May 1909 in Chicago, IL

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '20s, '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s

Benny Goodman was the first celebrated bandleader of the Swing Era, dubbed "The King of Swing," his popular emergence marking the beginning of the era. He was an accomplished clarinetist whose distinctive playing gave an identity both to his big band and to the smaller units he led simultaneously. The most popular figure of the first few years of the Swing Era, he continued to perform until his death 50 years later. Goodman was the son of Russian immigrants David Goodman, a tailor, and Dora Rezinsky...
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