Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Buddy DeFranco Plays Benny Goodman & Artie Shaw

5 complete LPs presented on 2 companion volumes ! Featuring Carl Perkins, Jimmy Rowles, Barney Kessel and Don Fagerquist ! Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw were among the most famous and beloved figures in swing music both as clarinet soloists and orchestra conductors. They were still very active musically in 1957, when Buddy De Franco decided to record a series of sessions paying homage to them. Thirty-five performances were recorded (including four medleys containing three songs each) in four extended sessions made on four consecutive days and with two different groups (guitarist Barney Kessel, however, is present on most of the tracks). The first two sessions included trumpeter Don Fagerquist, tenor saxophonist Georgie Auld and pianist Carl Perkins. The second group includes trumpeter Ray Linn and another modern jazz pianist : Jimmy Rowles.

Source :

Buddy DeFranco
Wholly Cats
The Complete
"Plays Benny Goodman & Artie Shaw
" Sessions

vol. 1


1 Benny's Bugle (Goodman)   5:55
2 A Smooth One (Goodman)  6:39
3 Air Mail Special (Christian, Goodman, Mundy)  4:37
4 More Than You Know (Eliscu, Rose, Youmans)  5:23
5 Wholly Cats (Goodman)  11:49
6 Goodbye (Jenkins)  2:27
7 Seven Come Eleven (Christian, Goodman)  4:45
8 My Blue Heaven (Donaldson, Whting)  3:55
9 Stardust (Carmichael, Parish)  4:45
10 Cross Your Heart (DeSylva, Gensler)  4:48
11 Frenesi (Dominguez, Whitcup)  5:09
12 Medley :
Dancing in the Dark - Moonglow
Time on My Hands (Adamson, DeLange, Dietz, Gordon)  3:31
13 Indian Love Call (Friml, Hammerstein, Harbach, Harbach)  3:31
14 Summit Ridge Drive (Shaw)  4:31


[# 1-7] Buddy DeFranco Plays Benny Goodman (Verve MGV 2089)
Buddy DeFranco - cl
Don Fagerquist - tp
Georgie Auld - ts
Victor Feldman - vb
Carl Perkins - p
Barney Kessel - g
Leroy Vinnegar - b
Stan Levey - dr
Recorded in Los Angeles, California ; October 29, 1957.
[# 8-14] Buddy DeFranco - Closed Session
Buddy DeFranco - cl
Ray Linn - tp
Paul Smith - p
Barney Kessel - g [# 8-11]
Howard Roberts - g [# 12-14]
Joe Mondragon - b
Milt Holland - dr
Recorded in Los Angeles ; October 31, 1957

These two companion volumes include the complete LPs for the first time ever on cd ! : "I Hear Benny Goodman & Artie Shaw", "Buddy De Franco plays Benny Goodman", "Buddy De Franco plays Artie Shaw", "Wholly Cats" and "Closed Session"...

Source :


Buddy DeFranco
I Hear Benny Goodman & Artie Shaw Sessions
The Complete
"Plays Benny Goodman & Artie Shaw" Sessions
vol. 2


Cd. 1

1 Don't Be That Way (Goodman, Parish, Sampson)  3:16
2 After You've Gone (Creamer, Layton)  3:31
3 The Sheik of Araby (Smith, Snyder, Wheeler)  4:50
4 Flying Home (Goodman, Hampton)  7:51
5 Soft Winds (Goodman, Henderson)  5:40
6 Medley :
Sweet Lorraine - Body and Soul - Memories of You
(Parish, Burwell - Green, Sour, Heyman - Razaf, Blake)  5:59
7 Limehouse Blues (Braham, Furber)  4:52
8 Medley :
Poor Butterfly - Where or When - These Foolish Things
(Golden, Hubbell - Rodgers, Hart - Link, Marvell, Strachey)  5:53
9 Rose Room (Hickam, Williams)  3:58
10 Oh, Lady Be Good (Gershwin, Gershwin)  7:44


Cd. 2

1 'S Wonderful (Gershwin, Gershwin)  4:05
2 My Heart Stood Still (Hart, Rodgers)  4:09
3 Temptation (Brown, Freed)  2:32
4 Night and Day (Porter)  3:43
5 Keepin' Myself for You (Clare, Youmans)  2:44
6 Medley :
It Could Happen to You - I Cover the Waterfront - Someone to Watch Over Me
(Burke, VanHeusen - Green, Heyman - Gershwin, Gershwin)  5:38
7 Concerto for Clarinet (Shaw)  7:00
8 All the Things You Are (Hammerstein, Kern, Kern)  3:45
9 Softly as in a Morning Sunrise (Hammerstein, Romberg)  5:01
10 Smoke Gets in Your Eyes (Harbach, Kern)  3:24
11 I Surrender, Dear (Barris, Clifford)  3:27
12 Tin Reed Blues* (DeFranco)  7:04


[Cd 1]
Buddy DeFranco - cl
Don Fagerquist - tp
Georgie Auld - ts
Victor Feldman - vb
Carl Perkins - p
Barney Kessel - g
Leroy Vinnegar - b
Stan Levey - dr
Larry Bunker & Bob Neal replace Victor Feldman & Stan Levey on [# 9 & #10 only].
Recorded in Los Angeles, October 30, 1957.
[Cd 2 - # 1-11]
Buddy DeFranco - cl
Ray Linn - tp
Jimmy Rowles - p
Barney Kessel - g
Joe Mondragon - b
Milt Holland - dr
Recorded in Los Angeles, November 1, 1957
[# cd. 2, # 12] * Bonus track (from the album Live Date !)
Buddy DeFranco - cl
Herbie Mann - fl
Bob Hardaway - s
Victor Feldman - vb
Pete Jolly - p
Barney Kessel - g
Scott LaFaro - b
Stan Levey - dr
Recorded in Los Angeles, April 4, 1958

* NB
The first six tracks from "Last Date !" can be found


ita diegues said...

Thank you melanchthon.

carrolin said...

que buena faena, te mereces las dos orejas y el rabo.
Merci beacoup Mel

itr said...

What a great post again. Thanks.

lena said...

Thank you, in partcular for the "Wholly Cats", the missing links to the "Complete ... Sessions"

Otis Foster said...

Mel - thanks as always


Blue Eyes said...

Wow, what a post! amazing ! thanks a lot Mel (especially for the part II)!

Philo said...

Buddy DeFranco

Thanks for all the documentation. Helped me sort out this wonderful collection of 5 LPs on 3 CDs.

This is very enjoyable music.

Great post.

d3lta said...

Terrific post, many thanks!

Davidscott789 said...

wow. thanks!

Anonymous said...

Merci pour cets trésors, Mel

canonT3 said...

Great, great DeFranco, and great Mel too! Thanks!

headman said...

I had no idea he'd made so many albums for Verve until I stumbled across your blog, Mel. Thank you very much for bringing all this great music to my attention.

headman said...

BTW any chance you could re-up "Last Date" for me please?

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

AmyBRAINS said...

Many thanks, Melanchthon.

Asphaltj said...

Thank you very much for this post I was longing for.
"Je suis Charlie"

jazzcat1228 said...

More great stuff. Thank you, Mel!

Midnight said...

Thank you for the great music. Unfortunately, I Hear Benny Goodman & Artie Shaw CD-2 Part-2 no longer available.

deGallo said...

Thank you.

musician3 said...

GREAT ALBUM.......................THANK YOU FOR ALL

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel!

Musrafak said...

Big Thanks!

Otis Foster said...

Thnx for reupping these files, melanchthon.

ProfessorCalculus said...

Thanks Mel.

Axel.T. said...

Looks like some great jazz WOW!

elpeleon said...

Muchas gracias Sr Mel !!

Kovina Kris said...

Super post. Thank you very much Mel!

Melanchthon said...

Wholly Cats

I Hear Benny Goodman & Artie Shaw Sessions

Anonymous said...

Wonderful! Thank you Mr. The Beast, dear MM!