Benny Goodman: And the Angels Sing
And The Angels Sing
Benny Goodman (clarinet)
The Very Best of Benny Goodman (RCA 63730)
Chris Griffin, Irving Goodman (trumpet); Red Ballard, Vernon Brown (trombone); Hymie Schertzer, Noni Bernardi (alto sax); Jerry Jerome, Arthur Rollini (tenor saxes), Ben Heller (guitar), Harry Goodman (bass), Buddy Schutz (drums).
Composed by Ziggy Elman & Johnny Mercer.
Recorded: New York, February 1, 1939
Rating: 93/100 (learn more)
Ziggy Elman ranks high on the list of shamefully overlooked jazz trumpeters. Great section players aren't always the best soloists, but Elman was both. His self-composed feature with Benny Goodman's big band is actually back-to-back pieces. First, Martha Tilton sings what seems like a fairly innocuous 1930s pop song. Then, out of the blue, the band breaks into a riotous klezmer dance (upon which, it turns out, Elman's melody is based). The intended effect is as jarring as a staid goyish wedding reception suddenly overrun by high-spirited Jewish party crashers. This is so unabashedly good-humored, political correct- ness does not apply.
Reviewer: Alan Kurtz