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Bg in Hi-Fi
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Combine this with the King of Swing's earlier-era Live at Carnegie Hall recording and you have not only Benny Goodman's two best works, but two jazz cornerstones. B.G. in Hi-Fi was recorded five years after the clarinetist... more »
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Combine this with the King of Swing's earlier-era Live at Carnegie Hall recording and you have not only Benny Goodman's two best works, but two jazz cornerstones. B.G. in Hi-Fi was recorded five years after the clarinetist had his last permanent big band (he'd work mostly with smaller combos from here on out), but all the players found on this disc are superb. And, though the big-band style may have been way past its prime in '54, Goodman certainly isn't. On tunes like "Get Happy"--one of the more spirited romps on this disc--he swings with vigor and topnotch playing. Eight cuts feature a big band; the remaining 12 are quintets. Four previously unreleased tracks (including a great rendition of "Ain't Misbehavin'" played by his quintet) are included. Excellent sound throughout, and some truly swinging, classic tunes. --Jason Verlinde
Another Swinging Session
David Abraham | Utica, NY USA | 01/09/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Like "The Benny Goodman Story" (green album cover version), this is a swinging session with studio musicians. Recorded in the 1950s, it features 12 big band tunes and 8 small group recordings. Excellent Hi-Fi mono sound quality. Highly recommended."
Benny & Ruby
A Fan | Painted Post, NY United States | 06/06/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Back in the 50s these tunes came out on 45 rpm and I loved them. Later they came out on 10 and 12 inch 33 1/2 rpm. Now I have them on CD. In spite of some cool reviews I think Benny is in fine form on this CD. The ensemble is crisp and swinging. The rythmn section, while not Basie, is clean and supportive. Mel Powell is sparkling and swinging. The real star is Ruby Braff who has never sounded better. The CD has a couple of tunes that were not on the 12 inch vinyl and one of them, "I would do anything for you" is a stunner. A great CD."
Where's the rest of the album?
James E. Bilotti | Kenosha, WI United States | 01/26/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I remember reading a review years ago that Benny Goodman's 1954 album B.G. in Hi Fi was worth seeking out as one of his best disc's ever. A triumph for the King of Swing freshly recording many of his signiture swing tunes in glorious hi fi! This is an understatement! Unfortunately the boneheads at Capitol Records have not included the BEST of the sessions big band songs such as "Moonglow", "King Porter Stomp" and argueably Goodman's most famous song "Sing, Sing, Sing". Those songs are truely worth seeking out if you can find the original lp. It's not to say that the small group recordings are not anything less than excellant but why not keep with the original intent/concept of album - big band swing! It's like taking Sinatra's "Only the Lonely" lp and intermixing some of his big band sides while deleting "One For My Baby". Doesn't make a lot of sense unless your a brainless record label executive. Still a great cd but a little disappointing."