Benny Goodman Today

Benny Goodman

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Benny Goodman Today Review

by Scott Yanow

By 1970 there seemed little new for Benny Goodman to say musically. A major success 35 years earlier and the possessor of a briliant but unchanging clarinet style, BG was performing less during this period and his big-band projects generally emphasized re-creations of the past. This attractive but routine double LP (which does not list the personnel) features Goodman in a big band mostly comprised of Europeans (other than guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli) running through a program not all that different than what he might have presented in 1940; only four of the 20 songs are of newer vintage. A pleasing but not very stimulating set of music.

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