Benny Goodman

Ben Selvin Featuring Benny Goodman, Vol. 1

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During 1931 Benny Goodman recorded at least a couple hundred selections for dance bands led by Ben Selvin (who used a wide variety of pseudonyms). The 22-year-old was by then a highly versatile studio musician, accustomed to reading parts and playing ensemble parts while saving his more enjoyable solos for jam sessions with friends. However Goodman does get a chance to solo on each of the 48 selections included on the three volumes in this LP series. The first set has a few future standards (such as "Walkin' My Baby Back Home") along with other songs well deserving of their obscurity (including "Why Have You Forgotten Waikiki?"). Although well-played, this commercial music is for Goodman completists only.