Thursday, June 22, 2017

Benny Goodman - The Complete Capitol Trios

The Complete Capitol Trios is a long-overdue reissue of the five trio sessions Benny Goodman led for Capitol Records. The five sessions are easily broken down into two categories  recordings from 1947 and recordings from 1954. The highlights of the 1947 recordings are sessions with pianist Teddy Wilson and drummer Jimmy Crawford. This provided Goodman an opportunity to reunite with Wilson who he had toured with in the late '30s in a trio with drummer Gene Krupa. Goodman and Wilson have a real ease to their interaction and the results are positively joyful. There are three other recordings from 1947, featuring pianist Jimmy Rowles and drummer Tom Romersa ; these are good, but not quite as delightful as their 1947 companions. However, the 1954 recordings — all featuring pianist Mel Powell, four featuring drummer Eddie Grady, and two featuring drummer Bobby Donaldson — are equally wonderful, filled with good humor, elegant flair, and magical interludes. These sessions have been out of circulation for too long, but The Complete Capitol Trios is so well-done — and its fidelity is so good — that the wait was certainly worthwhile.
Thomas Erlewine

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Benny Goodman
The Complete Capitol Trios


1 Blue (And Broken Hearted) (Clarke, Handman, Leslie)  2:58
2 After Hours (Hawkins, Parrish)  3:08
3 All I Do Is Dream of You (Brown, Freed)  2:22
4 I'll Never Be the Same (Kahn, Malneck, Signorelli)  3:16
5 Bye Bye Pretty Baby (Gardner, Hamilton)  2:28
6 Shoe Shine Boy (Cahn, Chaplin)  2:50
7 At Sundown (Donaldson)  2:27
8 When You're Smiling (The Whole World Smiles With You) (Fisher, Goodwin, Shay)  2:36
9 All I Do Is Dream of You (Brown, Freed)  2:40
10 Stompin' at the Savoy (Goodman, Razaf, Sampson, Webb)  2:51
11 Mean to Me (Ahlert, Turk)  3:00
12 Puttin' on the Ritz (Berlin)  3:04
13 I Never Knew I Could Love Anybody (Like I'm Loving You) (Egan, Marsh, Pitts)  3:08
14 Lazy River (Arodin, Carmichael)  3:02
15 There'll Be Some Changes Made (Higgins, Overstreet)  3:10
16 Ev'rything I've Got (Belongs to You) (Hart, Rodgers)  3:54
17 But Not For Me (Gershwin, Gershwin)  2:25
18 Margie (Conrad, Davis, Robinson)  2:43
19 Rose Room (Hickman, Williams)  3:57
20 (What Can I Say) After I Say I'm Sorry ? (Donaldson, Lyman)  3:09


[# 1-6]
Benny Goodman - cl
Teddy Wilson - p
Jimmy Crawford - dr
Recorded in New York City ; November 7, 1947
[# 7-10]
Same as above
Recorded in New York City ; November 17, 1947
[# 11-14]
Same as above, except
Jimmy Rowles - p, replaces Wilson
Recorded at Radio Recorders, Los Angeles ; April 16, 1947
[# 15-18]
Benny Goodman - cl
Mel Powell - p
Eddie Grady - dr
Recorded at the Riverside Plaza Hotel, New York City ; January 28, 1954
[# 19-20]
Same as above, except
Bobby Donaldson - dr, replaces Grady
Recorded same place as above ; November 16, 1954


Melanchthon said...

deGallo said...

Thank you.

sep troelstra said...

Many thanks!!

lucky5 said...

Much appreciated. Thanks for the Flacs!

daniel genovese said...

Thank you.

rst said...

Thank you!

Kovina Kris said...

It's easy to think of Benny Goodman as only a big band leader from the swing era but these trios give him a chance to shine in a small format setting and they are wonderful. This also upgrades my lossy version and I'm super happy to get them as I love these recordings. Thank you Mel!

Luro said...

thank you Mell!

Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

Thank you very much Mel