Benny Goodman

Treasure Chest Series, Vol. 3

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The third and final LP in this wonderful series of radio airchecks once again features Benny Goodman, his big band and small groups at their best; the producers really cherry-picked the large amount of live documentation to come up with some of the most rewarding performances by BG during one of his prime periods. The biggest surprise of Volume 3 is the addition of Harry James's trumpet to the quartet on "Twilight in Turkey" but even the selections that should be predictable tend to swing hotter than expected. As a bonus, a 1939 live version of "AC-DC Current" adds a rare performance by guitarist Charlie Christian to his slim discography. Overall this is a great series that deserves to be reissued on CD.