Plays Jimmy Mundy

Plays Jimmy Mundy

by Benny GoodmanBenny Goodman


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Between 1995 and 1999, the Hep reissue label put together a series dedicated to four of Benny Goodman's best arrangers. Two volumes were devoted to Fletcher Henderson and one apiece focused upon Eddie Sauter, Mel Powell, and the great Jimmy Mundy (1907-1983), a tenor saxophonist whose professional skills were forged in the kiln of the Earl Hines Orchestra. Mundy led his own groups from time to time but he made his strongest contributions to jazz while working as composer and arranger for bands led by Count Basie, Gene Krupa, Roy Eldridge, Dizzy Gillespie, Paul Whiteman, Harry James, and Benny Goodman. Plays Jimmy Mundy is a solid collection of classic big-band swing. In addition to crafting the excellent arrangements, Mundy composed "Jam Session," co-wrote the exciting "Madhouse" with Earl Hines, and shared composer credits with Goodman on "House Hop" and "Swingtime in the Rockies." Recorded between September 1935 and November 1938, these 22 exercises in swing feature a number of skilled instrumentalists (Harry James, Ziggy Elman, Bunny Berigan, Bud Freeman, and Jess Stacy) as well as vocalists Ella Fitzgerald, Martha Tilton, Helen Ward, and Jimmy Rushing.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/07/1995
Label: Hep Records
UPC: 0603366103929
catalogNumber: 1039
Rank: 231619

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Benny Goodman   Primary Artist,Clarinet,Bandleader
Bunny Berigan   Trumpet
Ella Fitzgerald   Vocals
Harry James   Trumpet
Gene Krupa   Drums
Jimmy Rushing   Vocals
Ziggy Elman   Trumpet
Vido Musso   Tenor Saxophone
Helen Ward   Vocals
Noni Bernardi   Alto Saxophone
Vernon Brown   Trombone
Harry Geller   Trumpet
Harry Goodman   Baritone Saxophone
Irving Goodman   Trumpet
Gordon Griffin   Trumpet
Benny Heller   Guitar
Nate Kazebier   Trumpet
George Koenig   Alto Saxophone
Dave Matthews   Alto Saxophone
Murray McEachern   Trombone
Ralph Muzillo   Trumpet
Allan Reuss   Guitar
Arthur Rollini   Tenor Saxophone
Jess Stacy   Piano
Martha Tilton   Vocals
Dave Tough   Drums
Bill DePew   Alto Saxophone
Rueben "Zeke" Zarchey   Trumpet
Joe Harris   Trombone
Lawrence "Bud" Freeman   Tenor Saxophone
Dick Clark   Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Jimmy Mundy   Arranger
Mary Lou Williams   Composer
Jack Pettis   Composer
Stanley Adams   Composer
Milton Ager   Composer
Jesse Greer   Composer
Elmer Schoebel   Composer
Jack Yellen   Composer
Ian Crosbie   Liner Notes
Mort Dixon   Composer
James Austin Butterfield   Composer
George Washington Johnson   Composer
Billy Meyers   Composer

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