Benny Goodman: Moonglow
Benny Goodman Quartet
Original Benny Goodman Trio and Quartet Sessions, Vol. 1: After You've Gone (Bluebird/RCA 5631-2-RB13)
Composed by Will Hudson, Eddie de Lange and Irving Mills.
Recorded: Hollywood, August 21, 1936
Rating: 96/100 (learn more)
B.G.'s come-hither clarinet and Hamp's voluptuous vibes make "Moonglow" one of jazz's most romantic encounters. The U.S. population spike nine months after this track's release was eminently predictable. B.G. was of course best known for fronting the Swing Era's breakthrough big band, but trio and quartet sessions show his kinder, gentler side. Similarly, Hamp's flamboyant showmanship would subsequently overshadow his musicianship, but "Moonglow" demonstrates what a splendid, intimate instrumentalist he could be. As for the impeccable Teddy Wilson, his elegance is here displayed only on the first 8-bar bridge, but his classiness is felt throughout. "Moonglow" doesn't shine, it shimmers.
Reviewer: Alan Kurtz