Benny Goodman

Benny Rides Again

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Goodman leads a big band again for the majority of this album with few surprises. The instrumentals (all standards except for the recent "Stereo Stomp") are fine but the unidentified personnel (which has such players as Bob Wilbur, Pepper Adams and Russ Freeman) mostly functions as an anonymous ensemble. Better are the four selections by Goodman and a rhythm section that include pianist Andre Previn. Nice music overall but there are many more essential Benny Goodman sets available elsewhere.

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