On the night of January 16, 1938, American music was changed forever. The King of Swing, Benny Goodman, brought jazz to the rarified concert setting of Carnegie Hall for the first time (up until this concert jazz wasn’t yet considered a “respectable” form of music). There were other firsts brought by the concert as well: the first ever double album, the first Benny Goodman release on the new Long Play format (which came to be known as the LP), one of the first to sell over a million copies (also released simultaneously as a set of nine 45 rpm records in the same year), and the most famous live show ever recorded.
Quite a Christmas full of firsts for music lovers.
The list of musicians was extraordinary as well, including:
Benny Goodman, clarinet, vocal, and leader
Harry James, trumpet
Lionel Hampton, vibraphone (BG quartet only)
Gene Krupa, drums
Bobby Hackett, cornet
Cootie Williams, trumpet
Johnny Hodges, soprano and alto saxophones
Lester Young, tenor saxophone
Count Basie, piano
Freddie Green, guitar
Walter Page, bass
The original Columbia release has been duplicated several times. Available on CD in several versions (though don’t get the “enhanced” version that removed the “imperfections”). A wonderful Christmas present for those of you interested in music, jazz and history.
Merry Christmas to you and yours from your extended family at PS Audio.