Benny Goodman - Live At Carnegie Hall: 40th Anniversary Concert (1978)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:47:20 | Size: 250.88 MB | MP3 320 kbps
CD 1
1. Let's Dance
Written-By – Baldridge, Gregory Stone, Bonime 0:49
2. I've Found A New Baby
Written-By – Palmer, Spencer Williams 3:58
3. Send In The Clowns
Written-By – Sondheim 2:32
4. Loch Lomond
Written-By – Traditional 3:03
5. Stardust
Written-By – Carmichael, Parrish 3:20
6. I Love A Piano
Written-By – Irving Berlin 3:20
7. Roll 'Em
Written-By – Styne, Williams 6:13
8. King Porter Stomp
Written-By – Morton, Robin, Burke 4:05
9. Rocky Raccoon
Written-By – Lennon-McCartney 3:10
10. Yesterday
Written-By – Lennon-McCartney 1:53
11. That's A Plenty
Written-By – Pollack, Gilbert 6:30
12. How High The Moon
Written-By – Morgan Lewis, Nancy Hamilton 5:45

CD 2
1 Moonglow
Written-By – De Lange*, Mills*, Hudson*
2-2 Oh! Lady Be Good
Written-By – G. & I. Gershwin*
2-3 Jersey Bounce
Written-By – Plater*, Johnson*, Wright*, Bradshaw*
2-4 Seven Come Eleven
Written-By – Goodman*, Christian*
2-5. Someone To Watch Over Me
Written-By – G. & I. Gershwin 2:29
2-6. Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone
Written-By – Stept, Clare 2:35
7. Benny Goodman Medley (8:12)
a. Don't Be That Way
Written-By – Sampson, Goodman, Paris
b. Stompin' At The Savoy
Written-By – Sampson, Goodman, Webb, Razaf
c. And The Angels Sing
Written-By – Mercer, Elman
d. Why Don't You Do It Right
Written-By – McCoy
e. A String Of Pearls
Written-By – Gray, De Lange
2-8. Sing, Sing, Sing/Christopher Columbus
Written-By – Razaf, Berry, Prima 10:40
2-9. Goodbye
Written-By – Jenkins 3:20

Piano – Jimmy Rowles, John Bunch
Drums – Connie Kay
Bass – Michael Moore
Guitar – Cal Collins, Wayne Wright
Alto Saxophone [1st] – George Young
Alto Saxophone [2nd], Coordinator [Music Coordinator] – Mel Rodnon
Baritone Saxophone – Sol Schlinger
Tenor Saxophone [1st] – Buddy Tate
Tenor Saxophone [2nd] – Frank Wess
Trombone [1st] – Wayne Andre
Trombone [2nd] – George Masso
Trombone [3rd] – John Messner
Trumpet [1st] – Victor Paz
Trumpet [2nd] – Warren Vaché
Trumpet [3rd] – Jack Sheldon

Guest Artists
Piano – Mary Lou Williams
Vibraphone – Lionel Hampton
Vocals – Debi Craig, Martha Tilton
One autumn day in 1978, a sprightly 69-year-old Benny Goodman decided on a whim that he wanted to 'book' Carnegie Hall for a gig commemorating the fortieth anniversary of the landmark performance held and so famously-recorded there for the Columbia label in 1938. That show registered as the first official full-length jazz program ever held at the hallowed venue. Tickets for the anniversary gig sold out in a matter of hours, with no advertising or even a formal announcement. Goodman's whim resulted in a highly eclectic evening originally released as a two-LP set by the London label, now reissued on CD.

Although the 1978 concert doesn't possess the raw charm of its predecessor, everyone on hand is in the highest of spirits and it gives you a welcome opportunity to hear Goodman's orchestra performing live and in glorious stereo. Goodman, who as a soloist is downright superb, is joined not by an all star roster of names from the 1938 show, but instead by a considerable amount of new blood, such as drummer Connie Kay and Buddy Tate on tenor sax. Guests pop up throughout the program, including vocalist Martha Tilton, who offers a rendition of one of the 1938 show's highlights, the Scottish-infused "Loch Lomond," giving the listener the first of many instances of Goodman chiming in on vocals. Pianist Mary Lou Williams is featured on two numbers: her own "Roll 'Em," as well as a rousing version of the Goodman standard "King Porter Stomp." Things get, as previously suggested, truly eclectic when the band tackles a couple of Beatles tunes. "Rocky Raccoon," with trumpeter Jack Sheldon on vocals, seems somewhat out of place but everyone else is having fun so it's hard not to as well! Then Goodman is featured on a sweet and introspective version of "Yesterday."

The highlight of the evening arrives, however, when Goodman varsity member Lionel Hampton steps on stage, where he remains for the rest of the second set. Featured on several favorites such as "How High the Moon," "Moonglow" and "Lady Be Good," Hamp doesn't let his age hold him back (he was also 69 at the time). Fans of "Mad Lionel" are surely familiar with his tendency during his heyday as a bandleader to speak in synchronization with every note he plays. Sure it was unique, but also at times a little overwhelming. There's very little of that here, as he lets his vibes do most of the talking and it certainly enhances the proceedings. Vocalist Debi Craig comes on near the end of the show for a couple of songs, notably a sublime rendition of the Gershwins' "Someone To Watch Over Me." Then we arrive at the long anticipated and inevitable "Sing, Sing, Sing," originally made famous by Gene Krupa's epic drum solo. Kay makes a valiant effort, but there's just no replacing the original version. That same way of thinking can be applied to this release as a whole; it's a harmless tribute to one of the most storied jazz performances in history, but it doesn't quite belong in the same pantheon as that which preceded it.

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