Benny Goodman

Alternate Goodman, Vol. 7

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Part of a 12-LP series put out by the Swedish label Phontastic, this set (as with the others) is comprised of alternate takes and rarities from the Benny Goodman Orchestra during his period with Columbia. As interesting as the big band alternates are (particularly "A String of Pearls"), it is the two-numbers from the Benny Goodman Sextet (which features trombonist Lou McGarity and pianist Mel Powell) and three performances from the 1941 Metronome All-Star Band that are of greatest interest.