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Benny Goodman Treasure Chest Set

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This set of three LPs (no CD equivalent) is highly recommended. It contains radio broadcasts of the orchestra from the late 30s, with the usual top-notch personnel, particularly Hymie Schertzer on alto saxophone.

It has a version of "Mr Bach Goes To Town". My favorite piece is an interesting arrangement of "Honeysuckle Rose" in which the saxophone section plays a counter riff at half tempo.

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I don't know how many people would be interested, but if this set has recording dates that would help, as would a catalog number or a link to a page with detailed info.

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All the details are on Discogs. These recordings are from 1937 and 1938. All the big names (James, Elman, Griffin, Krupa etc.) were still in the band.

There is a good story in the notes. One one occasion, the band was "the victim of a masterpiece of bad booking. It was booked into the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City, the then homing place of Guy Lombardo during the winter months. The waiters put their fingers to their ears, and rattled the silver. The Goodman trumpets took up the challenge. On opening night the band got its two-week notice!"

That has a French sound to it.

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18 minutes ago, Shrdlu said:

All the details are on Discogs. These recordings are from 1937 and 1938. All the big names (James, Elman, Griffin, Krupa etc.) were still in the band.

 

In this case, a link to the actual Discogs entry in your reply would have helped a lot for those interested. ;)

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I obviously tried to add that, but, for some reason, it wouldn't load here. It's like the difficulty loading pics.

Anyway, all one has to do is to type in "Benny Goodman Treasure Chest" at Discogs, and all the details are there.

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1 hour ago, mjzee said:

This is showing on Amazon with a release date of October 11; seems to cover the same time period as Treasure Chest (but different tracks):

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https://www.amazon.com/Benny-Goodman-Orchestra-Trio-Quartet/dp/B07TQYRW3Y/ref=sr_1_141?fst=as%3Aoff&qid=1570557299&refinements=p_n_date%3A1249114011&rnid=1249111011&s=music&sr=1-141

That 2 CD set looks suspiciously like a compilation of earlier LaserLight CDs, though I haven't compared them yet.

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16 minutes ago, Ken Dryden said:

That 2 CD set looks suspiciously like a compilation of earlier LaserLight CDs, though I haven't compared them yet.

Well, Delta is LaserLight, so you may be right.

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Are these some of the same broadcasts as are on the Madhattan Room set? I liked that one pretty good!

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