Benny Goodman

Benny Goodman from the Congress Hotel, Vol. 3: 1936 [Circle]

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The third of three CDs that reissue the Benny Goodman Orchestra's broadcasts from the Congress Hotel in Chicago has some of the best music in the series. The Goodman big band would soon be heading for New York and even greater fame; it was definitely on the rise. The February 10 broadcast has several Helen Ward vocals (including her new hit "Goody, Goody"), a feature for trumpeter Nate Kazebier ("Troublesome Trumpet") and a one-time performance by a combo out of the orchestra, a Dixielandish version of "I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter." The February 17 date has more Ward singing (including another version of "Goody, Goody") and instrumental renditions of "Star Dust," "Sandman," and "Rosetta." High quality swing music that was reasonably well-recorded for the period.