By D. Russell Connor
Benny Goodman: Wrappin' It Up offers swing enthusiasts, jazz students, and creditors with newly came across recordings, announces, and engagements of the famed clarinetist unearthed on the grounds that Connor's Benny Goodman: take heed to His Legacy (Scarecrow, 1988). The listings of 1000's of formerly unknown recordings will pride creditors, whereas jazz fanatics will get pleasure from Connor's intimate memories of his friendship with Goodman, which deliver a human measurement to an artist frequently identified just for his track. students will treasure the treatise on Goodman's preparations now within the collections on the manhattan Public Library and Yale college. Wrappin' It Up additionally comprises 28 infrequent pictures, many by no means released prior to, that span Goodman's profession in either the recording and film studio in addition to a special part protecting over 300 formerly unknown broadcast recordings from 1935 to 1943. additionally integrated are present costs for Goodman memorabilia, a time table of Goodman's movie and tv appearances to be had on video, a necrology of Goodman's sidemen and co-workers, and indexes.
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And oh, yes, "Kansas City Kitty," that's one he'd like to sing. I made him some tapes of Bix's classics, with his groups and Frank Trumbauer's, tacked on the Original Memphis Five's "Kitty," Dick Robertson on vocal, Jimmy Dorsey on clarinet. Never adapted any of them to his own use. Another angle: How about releasing some of the sides he'd made for Park Recording, material he owned outright? For example, the "Hawaiian sessions," not the greatest but some good McGarity and Sims. Nope, didn't like the tunes.
Thus, although daily involved in matters related to him, I had little time to reflect upon his physical absence from my life. I do not miss Benny Goodman because of his music. I likely have more of it on record and tape than anyone, can listen to him play whenever I choose. And, eerily, I can hear him speak whenever I wish, via tapes of his interviews. I don't do that very often. I do miss him because of the fun we had together, wholly apart from music. " "Nah, who'd spend that kind of money for an automobile?
He authorized my access to his files whenever I could get to New York, just let Muriel know when I was coming. " Thus ended my first meeting with Benny Goodman, productive beyond my fondest expectations. By not swiping his clarinethe gave me one later, anywayI'd not only gained a wealth of information for my book, but I'd begun what turned out to be a close relationship with him that endured until the day he died. For some unfathomable reason he had accepted me at face value, something he rarely did with anyone or anything.
Benny Goodman by D. Russell Connor