Although 14 minutes of this CD is a specific "Tribute to Benny Goodman," the entire release is actually at least an indirect homage to the King of Swing. Mel Tormé and his trio (pianist John Colianni, bassist John Leitham, and drummer Donny Osborne) are joined by clarinetist Ken Peplowski and vibraphonist Peter Appleyard (who are very reminiscent of Goodman and Lionel Hampton), and the emphasis is on swing-era standards. Tormé is in typically fine form on such tunes as "It's All Right with Me," "These Foolish Things," "Three Little Words," and the closing "Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye." The singer even has some additional fun during this concert (recorded live in Japan) by switching to drums for a rousing "Sing, Sing, Sing," which climaxes the Goodman medley.
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AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow