The Quintessence: New York, Los Angeles, Stockholm 1935-1954

The Quintessence: New York, Los Angeles, Stockholm 1935-1954

by Benny Goodman



Taken literally, the title of Fremeaux's Quintessence series promises that listeners will encounter the concentrated, unadulterated, essence of the musical legacies documented therein. Released in 2007, this label's double-disc anthology of recordings made by virtuoso clarinetist Benny Goodman in New York, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, and Stockholm between July 1935 and November 1954 lives up to this heady assignment by presenting a well-chosen array of 36 outstanding studio, live, and radio broadcast performances, with the big band featured on disc one and a dazzling series of small groups lined up across disc two. The Benny Goodman Orchestra essentially defined big-band swing music for the U.S. and the world during the 1930s and early '40s. Beginning with the classic 1935 realization of Jelly Roll Morton's "King Porter Stomp," 18 examples of Goodman's mastery of the large jazz ensemble unfold chronologically. Goodman's star soloists in this realm included trumpeters Bunny Berigan, Cootie Williams and Charlie Shavers, trombonist Kai Winding, saxophonists Georgie Auld, Don Byas and Stan Getz, pianist Jess Stacy and drummer Gene Krupa. Vocalist Peggy Lee is featured on Irving Berlin's "I Threw a Kiss in the Ocean." Goodman's arrangers as represented here spell out the grand tradition of big-band arranging. They include Fletcher and Horace Henderson, Gordon Jenkins, Edgar Sampson, Eddie Sauter, Buster Harding, Toots Camarata, Buck Clayton, Mary Lou Williams and Chico O'Farrill. Disc two is a fascinating survey of Goodman's experiments with the duo, trio, quartet, quintet, sextet and septet formulae. It presents the historic 1935 Goodman/Teddy Wilson/ Krupa combination, the marvelous addition of vibraphonist Lionel Hampton in 1936, singer Martha Tilton's superb rendering of "Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen" backed by the quartet in 1937, and subsequent interactions with pianists Count Basie, Mel Powell and Johnny Guarnieri; guitarists Charlie Christian and Billy Bauer (who was closely associated with Lennie Tristano at that time); trumpeter Fats Navarro and saxophonist Wardell Gray; bassist Slam Stewart, drummer Dave Tough, vibraphonist Red Norvo and jazz accordionist Ernie Felice (on "I'll Always Be in Love with You"). Don't miss the lovely version of "Lazy River," rendered as a duet with pianist Jimmy Rowles. This delightful collection concludes with an extended jam by a seven-piece ensemble on "Air Mail Special," air-checked off of a live radio broadcast from Stockholm, Sweden on April 4, 1950. With Goodman on this occasion were trumpeter Roy Eldridge and saxophonist Zoot Sims. Cumulatively, the players and their music add up to what the producers intended for us to have: an excellent mini-history of Benny Goodman containing some of the best swing and bop recordings that ever appeared under his name. There are almost too many Benny Goodman collections on the market -- let it be known that this one ranks with the best.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/21/2007
Label: Fremeaux & Assoc. Fr
UPC: 3448960224420
catalogNumber: 244

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Benny Goodman   Primary Artist,Clarinet,Leader,Soloist
Peggy Lee   Vocals,Soloist
Count Basie   Piano
Billy Bauer   Guitar
Louie Bellson   Drums
Bunny Berigan   Trumpet,Soloist
Eddie Bert   Trombone,Soloist
Will Bradley   Trombone
Charlie Christian   Guitar
Roy Eldridge   Trumpet
Wardell Gray   Tenor Saxophone
Buddy Greco   Piano
Lionel Hampton   Vibes
Dick Hyman   Piano
Harry James   Trumpet,Soloist
Gene Krupa   Drums,Soloist
Mundell Lowe   Guitar
Red Norvo   Vibes
Mel Powell   Piano,Soloist
Buddy Rich   Drums
Jimmy Rowles   Piano
Ed Shaughnessy   Drums
Slam Stewart   Bass
Charlie Shavers   Trumpet,Soloist
Cootie Williams   Trumpet,Soloist
Harry Babasin   Bass
Dave Barbour   Guitar
Gus Bivona   Alto Saxophone
Billy Butterfield   Trumpet,Soloist
Cozy Cole   Drums
Ziggy Elman   Trumpet,Soloist
Johnny Guarnieri   Piano
Stan Hasselgård   Clarinet
Peanuts Hucko   Tenor Saxophone
Klink   Tenor Saxophone
Bernie Leighton   Piano
Lou McGarity   Trombone,Soloist
Vido Musso   Tenor Saxophone
Babe Russin   Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Nick Travis   Trumpet
Heine Beau   Alto Saxophone
George Van Eps   Guitar
Frank Froeba   Piano
Mike Bryan   Guitar
George Duvivier   Bass
Georgie Auld   Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Red Ballard   Trombone,Soloist
Danny Bank   Baritone Saxophone
Franny Beecher   Guitar
George Berg   Tenor Saxophone
Milt Bernhart   Trombone
Vernon Brown   Trombone,Soloist
Don Byas   Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Ralph Collier   Drums,Soloist
Conrad Gozzo   Trumpet
Cutty Cutshall   Trombone
Gene DiNovi   Piano
Nick Fatool   Drums
Morey Feld   Drums
Fletcher Henderson   Piano
Irving Goodman   Trumpet
Chris Griffin   Trumpet
Hendrickson   Guitar
Steve Jordan   Guitar
Nate Kazebier   Trumpet
Manny Klein   Trumpet
George Koenig   Alto Saxophone
Jack Lacey   Trombone,Soloist
Clyde Lombardi   Bass
Jimmy Maxwell   Trumpet
Pete Mondello   Tenor Saxophone
Nuncio "Toots" Mondello   Alto Saxophone
Ralph Muzillo   Trumpet
Johnny Napton   Trumpet
Bob Poland   Baritone Saxophone
Bernie Privin   Trumpet
Allan Reuss   Guitar
Boomie Richman   Tenor Saxophone
Robinson   Alto Saxophone
Arthur Rollini   Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Hymie Schertzer   Alto Saxophone
Sol Schlinger   Baritone Saxophone
Artie Shapiro   Bass
Bob Snyder   Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Jess Stacy   Piano,Soloist
Toots Thielemans   Guitar
Martha Tilton   Vocals
Tom Morgan   Guitar
Joe Triscari   Trumpet
Jon Walton   Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Sid Weiss   Bass
Chauncey Welsch   Trombone
Kai Winding   Trombone,Soloist
Mel Zelnick   Drums
Alvin Davis   Trumpet
Larry Breen   Bass
Paul Ricci   Alto Saxophone
Sam Weiss   Drums
Barney Spieler   Bass
Alec FILA   Trumpet
Doug Mettome   Trumpet,Soloist
Clint Neagley   Alto Saxophone
Julie Schwartz   Alto Saxophone
Charlie Short   Bass
Charlie Castaldo   Trombone
Bill DePew   Alto Saxophone
Sonny Igoe   Drums
Sol Kane   Alto Saxophone
Larry Molinelli   Baritone Saxophone
Carl Poole   Trumpet
Art Ralston   Baritone Saxophone
Jack Satterfield   Trombone
Bud Shiffman   Alto Saxophone
Bill Shine   Alto Saxophone
Leonard Sims   Tenor Saxophone
Lawrence Stearns   Trumpet
Arnold Fishkind   Bass
Harry Jaeger   Drums
Mickey McMickle   Trumpet
Gerald Sanfino   Alto Saxophone
Jules Rubin   Alto Saxophone
Eddie Wasserman   Tenor Saxophone
Tommy Pederson   Trombone
Jack Chaney   Tenor Saxophone
Joe Harris   Trombone
Angelo Cicalese   Alto Saxophone
George Monte   Trombone
Howard Reich   Trumpet
Emmett Carls   Tenor Saxophone
Dick Le Fave   Trombone
John McClanian Best   Trumpet
Cliff Hill   Bass
Howard Davies   Drums
Zoot Sims & His Five Brothers   Tenor Saxophone
Dick Clark   Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Louis Prima   Composer
Buck Clayton   Arranger
Gordon Jenkins   Arranger
Gene Krupa   Author
Horace Henderson   Arranger
Edgar Sampson   Arranger
W.C. Handy   Composer
Mary Lou Williams   Arranger
Toots Camarata   Arranger
Fletcher Henderson   Arranger
Chico O'Farrill   Arranger
Eddie Sauter   Arranger,Composer
Sam H. Stept   Composer
Alain Gerber   Text
Alain Tercinet   Text
Buster Harding   Arranger
Daniel Nevers   Production Delegate
Clifford R. Burwell   Composer
Laure Wright   English Translations
Johnny Thompson Singers   Arranger

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