Benny Goodman

Benny's Bop, Vol. 2

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There's not anything particularly striking about Benny's Bop, Vol. 2. It's a fine collection of Goodman performances for sure. It's just that there are already so many fine collections out there that are more readily available and a bit better put together; quite frankly, there's really just not that many reasons to seek Benny's Bop, Vol. 2 out unless you're a Goodman fanatic. So, relative to the other Goodman collections, there's not much need to bother with this one. On its own, though, it's an overly pleasant collection featuring 14 performances of rather brief length: "Limehouse Blues," "Bye Bye Blues," "Little White Lies," "If I Could Be With You," and so on -- nothing particularly standout yet everything quite satisfactory. The sound quality leaves something to be desired, but that's something you've probably learned to cope with if you're already a Goodman fan. These are old recordings, and pristine sound just isn't an option for the most part. In sum, a mostly forgettable collection, not for its quality but rather because there are already so many Goodman collections out there that one-up this one.

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