Benny Goodman

The Best of Newhouse

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This two-LP set owes its existence to Jerry Newhouse who in 1938 was a young swing fan who had just bought a professional record-cutting machine so as to record his favorite musicians off radio broadcasts. The Swedish Phontastic label wisely went through Newhouse's acetates in 1981 and were able to put together this generous package of timeless swing. Mostly dating from 1938, these well-recorded performances do not necessarily shed new light on Benny Goodman's legacy but they offer "new" versions of BG's standards, including a version of "Sing, Sing, Sing" that lets Lionel Hampton stretch out on drums.