This soundtrack from a PBS special is Benny Goodman's last recording. After a period of semi-retirement, Goodman had recently taken over the big band put together by Loren Schoenberg and he had regained his enthusiasm for touring. The big band almost exclusively played early Fletcher Henderson arrangements and boasted such soloists as trumpeters John Eckert and Randy Sandke, trombonist Eddie Bert and Ken Peplowski on tenor. In addition, for the PBS special, such veterans as pianist Dick Hyman and drummer Louis Bellson helped out. Benny Goodman at the age of 76 still swung with the best and his death less than a year after this recording meant that he went out on top.
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AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow