Benny Goodman

The Benny Goodman Trio

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This early reunion of the Benny Goodman Trio -- with Teddy Wilson returning on piano, and James Crawford on drums instead of Gene Krupa -- is a spotty affair that takes some time to get going, at least according to whoever sequenced the 10" LP version. "After Hours" and "When You're Smiling" are fairly low-key and professional run-throughs; "Blue" picks up a little more swing, yet Goodman is not in an especially inspired mood. But gradually, the set generates more and more steam. Goodman lays a little more body English on the tune of "At Sundown," "Bye Bye Pretty Baby" picks up a swinging brush beat, and that seems to fire up Goodman some. "Stompin' at the Savoy" is charming in a low-key way, "I'll Never Be the Same" develops some nice swing in the center, and "All I Do Is Dream of You" concludes things in the old killer-diller style. Given B.G.'s longevity, this is chronologically a middle-period session -- and given his short-lived fling with bebop around this time, you can't help but feel that he was beginning to get a bit bored with swing at this point in his life.