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Benny Goodman Mosaic Coming Out Late Spring ’08

Scott Wenzel at Mosaic Records says that the long-rumored Benny Goodman Mosaic set will be out in time for Father's Day 2008.

Benny GoodmanScott Wenzel at Mosaic Records says that the long-rumored Benny Goodman Mosaic set will be out in time for Father’s Day 2008. It will consist of the big-band instrumental sides that Benny recorded for Columbia between 1939 and 1958, amounting to 7 CDs. The vocal sides are not being included, due to the numerous reissues featuring Goodman singers put out in recent years by Collector’s Choice. (Also not included: the late-1940s Capitol big-band sides that capture Benny under the influence of bop…for those, look for the fast-vanishing Undercurrent Blues CD.) For a future project, how about the classic-but-obscure 1962 RCA-Victor LP Benny Goodman in Moscow as a Mosaic Single?

Watch Benny’s band perform Mary Lou Williams’ “Roll ‘Em” from the 1942 film The Powers Girl (that’s soon-to-be Peggy Lee hubby Dave Barbour on guitar):

Benny, Lionel Hampton, and Mel Powell stealin’ some apples in 1947′s A Song Is Born:

David Brent Johnson

Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, David Brent Johnson moved to Bloomington in 1991. He is an alumnus of Indiana University, and began working with WFIU in 2002. Currently, David serves as jazz producer and systems coordinator at the station. His interests include literature, history, music, writing, and movies.

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