Friday, September 28, 2012

Benny Goodman
"B.G. in Hi-Fi" (Vinyl)

I first encountered Benny Goodman in a Danny Kaye movie called "A Song is Born" which also introduced me to the likes of Louis Armstrong and Lionel Hampton.  It was also where I had my as-of-yet unrealized dream of learning to play boogie woogie piano.
That's quite a lot for a single movie.  And to think that Goodman, who played one of the long-haired classical-turn-jazzer professors in the film, was already world famous by the time that movie was made.

From his infamous 1938 Carnegie Hall concert (which will be reviewed here at some point) to his integrated jazz combos, Goodman was ahead of the curve when it came to doing what needed to be done, both musically and culturally.

This album was released in 1954, is a collection of swing tunes including "Stompin' at the Savoy" which instantly transport anyone within it's listening radius to another time and mood.

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