Benny Goodman

Melotone Melodies

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During the early years of the Depression, when sweet dance music dominated popular music and jazz was being forced underground, the best technically equipped White jazz musicians found a comfortable if often-sterile home in the studios, churning out commercial music for the masses (or what the conservative recording executives thought the masses wanted). So, although Benny Goodman and cornetist Red Nichols are the nominal leaders on most of these 14 selections, the jazz content is generally fairly low with vocals on every tune. Some are not bad (particularly those of Dick Robertson) but Paul Small's version of "Falling in Love Again" is, at best, a period curiosity.