The Complete Benny Goodman, Vol. 6 (1938)

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The Complete Benny Goodman, Vol. 6 (1938) Review

by Scott Yanow

This sixth of eight two-LP sets documenting Benny Goodman's Victor studio recordings finds BG in his post-Gene Krupa era. The classic trumpet section of Harry James, Ziggy Elman and Chris Griffin was still intact but after the Carnegie Hall concert there must have been a feeling of these performances being anti-climatic. Still, there are lots of memorable moments on these big-band and quartet tracks with a liberal amount of Martha Tilton vocals, pop tunes (although superior ones) and jazz standards. The rhythm was now much more subtle (with Dave Tough on drums) but the BG sound in 1938 was not that much different than in 1937 and the music is well worth acquiring.