Various Artists

Bebop Spoken Here [Capitol]

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This LP from the Capitol Jazz Classics series of the mid-'70s features the short-lived bebop bands of Benny Goodman and Charlie Barnet. Most interesting is BG's version of "Stealing Apples" for it finds the clarinetist interacting with trumpeter Fats Navarro and tenor-saxophonist Wardell Gray. There are also two other small-group performances along with four songs from his big band, three of which have surprisingly modern arrangements. While Goodman flirted with the idea of including bop in his music (he soon dismissed the new style completely), Charlie Barnet in 1949 actually had one of the leading bebop big bands with a trumpet section that included Maynard Ferguson, Doc Severinson and Rolf Ericson. His eight performances on this album are quite advanced and exciting; unfortunately Barnet ended up breaking up his band by the end of the year. This now-rare album has many performances that have not yet surfaced on CD and is worth searching for.