Two complete Camel Caravan broadcasts by Benny Goodman from 1938 are compiled on this Jazz Hour CD. In addition to the numerous performances by the orchestra, singer Martha Tilton is featured on five different ballads (including "You Go to My Head" and "I've Got a Date With a Dream"), Jess Stacy tackles Bix Beiderbecke's "In a Mist" as a solo, and the quartet (with Goodman, Teddy Wilson, Lionel Hampton, and Dave Tough) romps through "Shine." Goodman also asks the audience to suggest a tune that the quartet had never before played; he responds by playing "Some of These Days," and it turns out to be the only recording of the tune which he made during his entire career with any size band! One unusual aspect of the second show is the introduction of special guest Fletcher Henderson (who did a lot of arranging for Goodman); the pianist demonstrates to the audience how he assembles a new chart by playing excerpts of "Blues Skies" on piano, as well as conducting the brass and reed sections both separately and together. Finally, the orchestra plays his complete chart, including his unusually stormy introduction. The sound is remarkable considering the age of the source material, which was carefully remastered by Ed Burke.
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AllMusic Review by Ken Dryden