Benny Goodman

The Birth of Swing

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This three-CD set includes all of the Benny Goodman big band's recordings from April 1935 through November 1936, a period when the orchestra became the most popular and influential in the world, making both swing and Benny Goodman household words. Augmented by some alternate takes, this set shows just how solid and musical a unit Goodman had from the start. Key soloists include trumpeters Bunny Berigan and Ziggy Elman, pianist Jess Stacy, and the band's excellent singer Helen Ward, but BG usually emerges as the main star, with the tight, swinging ensembles being a close second. In addition to the hits ("King Porter Stomp," "Sometimes I'm Happy," "When Buddha Smiles," "Stompin' at the Savoy," and "Goody-Goody"), even the lesser-known numbers and pop tunes have their strong moments. This music is essential to any serious jazz collection.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 2:59
2 2:59
3 2:30
4 2:34
5 3:01
6 3:29
7 32:56
8 3:24
9 2:46
10 2:23 Spotify
11 2:39
12 3:33
13 2:17
14 3:43
15 3:09
16 2:47
17 2:35
18 3:09
19 3:26
20 2:47
21 2:50
22 2:36
23 2:30
24 2:40

Track Listing - Disc 2

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 1:58
2 2:56
3 2:15 Spotify
4 3:10
5 3:24
6 3:13
7 2:30
8 2:32
9 3:06
10 3:33
11 2:04
12 2:51
13 2:33
14 2:38
15 2:40
16 1:57
17 2:23
18 2:30
19 2:22 Spotify
20 2:48
21 3:38
22 2:10
23 3:09
24 2:42

Track Listing - Disc 3

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 2:28
2 2:49
3 2:21
4 2:51
5 3:17
6 3:33
7 3:26
8 3:33
9 3:34
10 2:34
11
2:37 Spotify
12 3:18
13 3:11
14 2:45
15 3:26
16 2:07
17 2:50 Spotify
18 2:43
19 2:56
20 2:54
21 3:08
22 2:29
23 2:21
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