Sunday Fun

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“Groovin’ High”: James Moody, alto saxophone; Al Haig, piano; Ray Brown, bass; Kenny Clarke, drums. That is from a PBS Sound Stage program, Dizzy Gillespie’s Bebop Reunion 1975. Gillespie sat out one of his most famous compositions, but there is plenty of him in the complete show, along with Moody, Milt Jackson, Sarah Vaughan, Joe Carroll and that incomparable rhythm section. Happy Sunday … [Read more...]

Two Bennies Busting Out

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You might assume that “June is Busting Out All Over,” an exuberant Rodgers and Hammerstein show tune from Carousel, is unsuitable as a jazz vehicle. Two Bennies, Goodman and Carter, might argue—if they were around to argue—that there are no bad songs, only bad interpretations. Benny Goodman recorded "June is Busting Out All Over" with a pleasant vocal by Kay Penton in 1945, the year the show debuted on Broadway. Goodman’s record includes his clarinet solo and a 16-bar interlude by the … [Read more...]