Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Recommended Recording of the Week

In preparation for the ESO's Benny Goodman concerts this weekend, I having been listening to a lot of music from the Swing Era. The Benny Goodman Orchestra performed one of the first jazz concerts in Carnegie Hall and the recording of that event was one of the first long playing records. In addition to the great Benny Goodman Orchestra, this concert also features other jazz legends such as Count Basie, Lester Young and Johnny Hodges. While the clarinet solos by band leader Benny Goodman are outstanding, you also get to hear some great playing by trumpeter Harry James and vibraphone player Lionel Hampton! On top of all that, you are never going to hear a better performance of the Goodman staple Sing, Sing, Sing.

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