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Benny Goodman - Small Groups (1941-1945)

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When one thinks of Benny Goodman's small groups, it is generally his original Trio and Quartet (with Lionel Hampton, Teddy Wilson and Gene Krupa) or his sextet with Charlie Christian that comes immediately to mind. This superior set dates from a slightly later period and features a sextet with trombonist Lou McGarity and pianist Mel Powell (the clarinet-trombone blend works very well) and his 1944-45 quintet/sextet with vibraphonist Red Norvo. Vocalists Peggy Lee, Jane Harvey and Peggy Mann give this set some variety. The music (and the clarinet playing) is consistently brilliant.
Scott Yanow

Benny Goodman
Small Groups


1 If I Had You (Campbell, Connelly, Shapiro) 3:01
2 Limehouse Blues (Braham, Furber) 2:27
3 Limehouse Blues (Braham, Furber) 3:07
[mst. prev. unissued in USA]
4 Blues in the Night (Mercer, Arlen) 3:14
5 Where or When (Hart, Rodgers) 3:20
6 On the Sunny Side of the Street (Fields, McHugh) 3:11
7 The Wang Wang Blues (Busse, Johnson, Johnson, Mueller) 2:49
8 The World is Waiting for the Sunrise (Lockhart, Seitz) 2:42
9 The World is Waiting for the Sunrise (Lockhart, Seitz) 2:42
[mst. prev. unissued in USA]
10 The Way You Look Tonight (Fields, Kern) 3:18
11 St. Louis Blues (Handy) 2:57
12 Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye (Porter) 3:27
13 After You've Gone (Creamer, Layton) 3:03
14 Only Another Boy and Girl (Porter) 2:59
15 Rachel's Dream (Goodman) 2:38
16 Only Another Boy and Girl (Porter) 3:00
17 Body and Soul (Eyton, Green, Heyman, Sour) 2:57
18 Body and Soul (Eyton, Green, Heyman, Sour) 3:20
[mst. prev. unissued in USA]


Featuring Benny Goodman, Lou McGarity, Mel Powell, Tom Morgan, Sid Weiss, Ralph Collier, Peggy Lee, Red Norvo, Teddy Wilson, Mike Bryan, Slam Stewart, Morey Feld, etc.

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