What to do with The King of Swing by the late '60s? Benny Goodman had already recorded nearly every worthwhile song from the golden age of popular music (1920-50) and his unchanging (although never stale) swing style was too familiar for most jazz listeners of later eras to fully appreciate. So, for this LP, recorded in London with a big band and an octet filled with English musicians, Goodman was persuaded to emphasize more recent items. BG performs such songs as "Yesterday," "This Guy's in Love with You," "On a Clear Day" and "I Talk to the Trees," in addition to a few remakes of swing standards. Since he primarily sticks to the melody in these short renditions and sounds predictably silly and out-of-place in spots, this album is not one of the highpoints of Benny Goodman's career.
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