Monday, July 31, 2017

Benny Goodman - The Complete Small Combinations (vol. 3 & 4)

In March 1938, Gene Krupa left the Goodman camp to form a big band of his own. He was replaced by another eminent Chicagoan, ex-drummer of Tommy Dorsey and Bunny Berigan, the creative little Dave Tough. Dave was a man who contributed to the emancipation of the drums, helping open the way to modern percussion conceptions. He was in turn succeeded in the Goodman ranks by Buddy Schutz, a Gene Krupa disciple. The occasional stand-in drummer both with the big band and the quartet was none other than Lionel Hampton, temporarily abandoning his beloved vibes whenever circumstances demanded. As for the singers of the Victor period, both Helen Ward and Martha Tilton occasionally sang with the trio or quartet, the latter being present here on "Silhoutted in the Moonlight" and "Bei Mir Bist Du Schön". As a bonus, on the second part of "Bei Mir Bist Du Schön", recorded at a later session, we find Ziggy Elman on trumpet. Exactly a year later, on 29th December, 1938, the group had once again briefly become a quintet, with the addition of the "boss of the bass", John Kirby, usually the leader of the "biggest little band in the land", itself one of the most extraordinary small groups in the history of jazz.
For the final Victor session by the Goodman quartet, Teddy Wilson is replaced by regular pianist from the big band, Jess Stacy. Only a single track survives, "Opus 3/4". Another piece recorded at that same final session, "I've Got an Old-Fashioned Love in My Heart", did have Wilson on piano and also featured vocalist Louise Tobin. However, it was never published and no trace of it has ever been found ; the matrix is believed to have been ordered destroyed by Benny Goodman.
On the other hand, the RCA vaults have meantime come up with alternative takes, previously unknown, of "'S Wonderful" (take 2) and "I Know that You Know" (take 1). The number of rare or unplublished takes thus increases from the twelve announced in the notes to Volume 1/2 to fourteen now. We have hence completed the reissue of all eighteen Victor sessions by the Benny Goodman small combos, a series that began in New York on 13th July, 1935, and finsihed, also in New York, on 6th April, 1939...
Pierre Lafargue, Jazz Hot (1981), from the booklet (English adaptation by Don Waterhouse)

Benny Goodman
The Complete Small Combinations
vol. 3/4
(August 2, 1937-April 6, 1939)

Tracks

Cd. 1

1 Smiles (Will Callahan, Roberts)  2:57
2 Liza (All the Clouds Will Roll Away) (Gershwin, Gershwin, Kahn)  3:19
3 Where or When ? (Rodgers, Hart)  3:22
4 Silhoutted in the Moonlight (Mercer, Whiting)  2:55
5 Vieni, Vieni (Scotto, Konyn [Koger], Vantard [Varna], Vallée)  2:47
6 I'm a Ding Dong Daddy (From Dumas) [alt. take] (Baxter)  2:43
7 I'm a Ding Dong Daddy (From Dumas) (Baxter)  2:33
8 Bei Mir Bist Du Schön (1ère Partie) [alt. take] (Jacobs, Secunda, Cahn, Champlin)  3:23
9 Bei Mir Bist Du Schön (1ère Partie) (Jacobs, Secunda, Cahn, Champlin)  3:20
10 Bei Mir Bist Du Schön (2e Partie) (Jacobs, Secunda, Cahn, Champlin)  3:21
11 Sweet Lorraine (Burwell, Parish)  3:47
12 The Blues in Your Flat [alt. take] (Hampton)  2:32
13 The Blues in Your Flat (Hampton)  2:30
14 Sugar [alt. take] (Pinkard, Alexander, Mitchell)  3:45
15 Sugar (Pinkard, Alexander, Mitchell)  3:31

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Cd. 2

1 Dizzy Spells (Goodman, Hampton, Wilson)  3:17
2 Opus on Half (Goodman, Hampton, Wilson, Tough)  3:24
3 I Must Have That Man ! (Fileds, McHugh)  3:20
4 Sweet Georgia Brown (Bernie, Pinkard, Casey)  3:05
5 'S Wonderful (Gershwin, Gershwin)  3:22
6 'S Wonderful [alt. take] (Gershwin, Gershwin)  3:25
7 Pick-A-Rib (1ère & 2e Parties) (Goodman)  5:45
8 Pick-A-Rib (1ère & 2e Parties) [alt. take] (Goodman)  5:06
9 I Cried For You [alt. take] (Freed, Arnheim, Lyman)  3:17
10 I Cried For You (Freed, Arnheim, Lyman)  3:20
11 I Know That You Know (And You Knox That I Know) [alt. take] (Youmans, Caldwell)  3:00
12 I Know That You Know (And You Knox That I Know) (Youmans, Caldwell)  3:01
13 Opus Three Quarters (Goodman, Hampton)  2:56

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Personnel
[Cd. 1, # 1 & 2] Benny Goodman Quartet
Benny Goodman - cl
Lionel Hampton - vb
Teddy Wilson - p
Gene Krupa - dr
Recorded in Hollywood ; August 2, 1937
[Cd. 1, # 3] Benny Goodman Trio
Benny Goodman - cl
Teddy Wilson - p
Gene Krupa - dr
Recorded in New York ; October 29, 1937
[Cd. 1, # 4]
Same as above, except
Martha Tilton - vc, is added
Same place & date as above
[Cd. 1, # 5] Benny Goodman Quartet
Same as above, except
Lionel Hampton - vb, is added
Martha Tilton - vc, is out
Same place & date as above
[Cd. 1, # 6 & 7] Benny Goodman Quartet
Same as above
Recorded in New York ; December 2, 1937
[Cd. 1, # 8 & 9] Benny Goodman Quartet
Same as above, except
Martha Tilton - vc, is added
Recorded in New York ; December 21, 1937
[Cd. 1, # 8 & 9] Benny Goodman Quintet
Same as above, except
Ziggy Elman - tp, is added
Recorded in New York ; December 29, 1937
[Cd. 1, # 11] Benny Goodman Trio
Benny Goodman - cl
Teddy Wilson - p
Dave Tough - dr
Recorded in New York ; March 25, 1938
[Cd. 1, # 12-15 ; & Cd. 2, # 1] Benny Goodman Quartet
Same as above, except
Lionel Hampton - vb & vc [# 13/2], is added
Same date & location as above
[Cd. 2, # 3] Benny Goodman Trio
Benny Goodman - cl
Teddy Wilson - p
Lionel Hampton - vb
Recorded in Chicago ; October 12, 1938
[Cd. 2, # 2 & 4-6] Benny Goodman Quartet
Benny Goodman - cl
Lionel Hampton - vb
Teddy Wilson - p
Dave Tough - dr
Same date & location as above
[Cd. 2, # 11-13] Benny Goodman Quartet
Benny Goodman - cl
Teddy Wilson - p
John Kirby - b
Lionel Hampton - dr
Recorded in New York ; December 29, 1938
[Cd. 2, # 7-10] Benny Goodman Quintet
Same as above, except
Lionel Hampton - vb
Buddy Schutz - dr
Same date & location as above
[Cd. 2, # 13] Benny Goodman Quartet
Benny Goodman - cl
Lionel Hampton - vb
Jess Stacy - p
Buddy Schutz - dr
Recorded in New York ; April 6, 1939

20 comments:

mrG said...

Very apropos, I had just today finished reading Mark Miller's "Some Hustling This" which introduced Dave Tough as one of the early-jazz ex-pat players resident in Paris and Berlin before the '29 crash. Tough lead a band there, at the tender age of 20, with Jimmy McPartland and Bud Freeman. Danny Polo was officially the front man, but Danny said Dave "was the guts of the outfit". Apparently some sides of that band do exist, but for the moment, I'm looking forward to hearing his work with BG some ten years after!

AmyBRAINS said...

Nice post!!
Many thanks, Melanchthon.

jose arboleda said...

muchas gracias.

Luis said...

Thanks Melanchthon for both issues of the Jazz Tribune series.

Terry said...

I have never previously had a problem with your password; just typing in "melanchthon" enabled decryption. But for the Goodman series, this does not work. I notice that the publisher is in fact Leopold & I typed that name in as a password but to no avail. What should I be using ?

Leopold said...

Try "bloom"

Terry said...

Thanks Leopold- if I'd been a James Joyce fan, I could have guessed but how come no-one else asked the same question ?
But thanks for the wonderful Goodman material. What a shame that they didn't require 5 takes of Where Or When.

Tibau said...

Thank you so much
I dig Goodman very much.
Hug

jazzcat1228 said...

Thank you, Leopold for this excellent share.

cba said...

Very nice post. Thank you very much.
But please tell me the PW
it is not melanchthon neither Melanchthon nor Leopold.
Please help!

deGallo said...

Love some Benny! Thank you.

musician3 said...

AMAZING...........................THANK YOU FOR ALL

John Pickworth said...

Many thanks !

AmyBRAINS said...

WOW!!
A GREAT "COMPLETE"!!
Many, many thanks, Melanchthon.

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel! Love Goodman's small group stuff.

Melanchthon said...

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Kovina Kris said...

Thank you very much Mel. I really like hearing BG do his thing in the smaller group settings.

Anonymous said...

Great recordings, both historically, and as a living, breathing legend at the same time, thanks so much, dear MM.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for all these wonderful albuns, I ask: have you The Complete Small Combinations vol. 1/2??