Benny Goodman: Memories of You
Memories of You
Benny Goodman Sextet
Ken Burns Jazz: Benny Goodman (Columbia/Legacy 61445)
Composed by Eubie Blake & Andy Razaf.
Recorded: New York, November 22, 1939
Rating: 95/100 (learn more)
Much is made of Goodman the martinet, the stern taskmaster leveling The Ray to tyrannize his minions. Then there's Benny the eccentric, polishing his world-class clarinet technique by practicing in the nude. Less legendary is Goodman the romantic, the nearsighted nerd with the forced smile who wore his heart on his sleeve. What!? you ask, aghast. Benny Goodman? Romantic? If you can spare 3 minutes, you'll hear what we mean. With Hamp's vibes shimmering in the moonlight, Benny's gentle boat ride across a still lake on an unseasonably mild Thanksgiving eve proves as surprisingly endearing as a valentine in November.
Reviewer: Alan Kurtz