Benny Goodman: Avalon




Benny Goodman Quartet


The Very Best of Benny Goodman (RCA 63730)

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Benny Goodman (clarinet), Lionel Hampton (vibes), Teddy Wilson (piano), Gene Krupa (drums).

Composed by Buddy DeSylva, Al Jolson & Vincent Rose


Recorded: Hollywood, July 30, 1937


Rating: 97/100 (learn more)

    Benny Goodman
 Photo by Herb Snitzer

In Hollywood's sappy biopic The Benny Goodman Story (1955), B.G. finds Lionel Hampton toiling as a musical waiter in an L.A. cafť, when actually Hamp was an established jazzman, having recorded with Louis Armstrong in 1930. Whatever . . . Bennyóby 1936 America's most popular bandleaderódid spotlight a major talent. Plus, by adding Hamp to his racially integrated combo, Goodman struck a blow for equality as resounding as Hamp's exuberant solos. "Avalon" is vintage B.G. Quartet, as bright and breezy as a springtime excursion to Catalina, and incidentally inspiring the Star Wars "Cantina Band." May the Force be with the Benny Goodman Quartet.

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz

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  • 1 Anestis // Mar 31, 2009 at 09:53 PM
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