The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Jazz Concert

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Carnegie Hall Jazz Concert
Live album by Benny Goodman
Released 1950
November 2, 1999 (Reissue)
Recorded January 16, 1938
Genre Jazz
Length Disc One 64:33
Disc Two 58:24
(Original release)
Label Columbia
Legacy Recordings
Producer Albert Marx (original)
Phil Schaap (reissue)
Benny Goodman chronology
Benny Goodman Sextet
(1950)
Carnegie Hall Concert
(1950)
BG in Hi-Fi
(1954)

The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Jazz Concert by Benny Goodman, Columbia Records catalogue item SL-160, was first issued in 1950. It was one of the first records of Benny Goodman music issued on the new long-playing format, and one of the first to sell over a million copies. A landmark recording, it was the premiere performance given by a jazz orchestra in the famed Carnegie Hall in New York City. It is the first ever double album. This album was also sold in a set of nine 45 rpm records in the same year by Columbia.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
allmusic 5/5 stars[1]
Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings 4/4 stars[2]

Bruce Eder, writing for allmusic, generally praises the 1999 double-CD release, noting the compromise between clear reproduction of sonic detail and retaining surface noise from the source material.[1]

The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings includes the 1999 release in its "Core Collection," in addition to giving it a four-star rating (of a possible four).[2] Penguin authors Richard Cook and Brian Morton describe the release as "a model effort, masterminded by Phil Schaap, whose indomitable detective work finally tracked down the original acetates and gave us the music in the best sound we'll ever get; with powerful, even thrilling, ambience."[2]

Track listing – 1950 LP Edition (US)[edit]

Disc One[edit]

Side 1
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Don't Be That Way"   Edgar Sampson, Benny Goodman, Mitchell Parish 4:23
2. "One O'Clock Jump"   Eddie Durham, Buster Smith 6:38
3. "Sensation Rag"   Edwin "Eddie" Edwards 1:19
4. "I'm Coming Virginia"   Will Marion Cook, Donald Heywood 2:07
5. "When My Baby Smiles at Me"   Bill Munro, Andres Sterling, Ted Lewis, Harry Von Tilzer 0:50
6. "Shine"   Cecil Mack, Ford Dabney, Lew Brown 1:03
7. "Blue Reverie"   Duke Ellington, Harry Carney 3:18
8. "Life Goes to a Party"   Harry James, Benny Goodman 4:15
Side 2
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Honeysuckle Rose"   Thomas "Fats" Waller, Andy Razaf 13:55
2. "Body and Soul"   Johnny Green, Edward Heyman, Robert Sour, Frank Eyton 3:23
3. "Avalon"   Vincent Rose, B.G. DeSylva, Al Jolson 4:16
4. "The Man I Love"   George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin 3:26
Total length:
64:33

Disc Two[edit]

Side 3
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "I Got Rhythm"   George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin 5:09
2. "Blue Skies"   Irving Berlin 3:18
3. "Loch Lomond"   Traditional 2:58
4. "Blue Room"   Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart 2:42
5. "Swingtime in the Rockies"   Jimmy Mundy, Benny Goodman 2:30
6. "Bei Mir Bist du Schoen"   Scholom Secunda (music), Jacob Jacobs (lyrics)
adapted by Sammy Cahn, Saul Chaplin
4:00
7. "China Boy"   Dick Winfree, Phil Boutelje 4:53
Side 4
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Stompin' at the Savoy"   Edgar Sampson, Benny Goodman, Chick Webb 5:51
2. "Dizzy Spells"   Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton, Teddy Wilson 5:44
3. "Sing Sing Sing (with a Swing)"   Louis Prima 12:08
4. "Big John's Special"   Horace Henderson 3:48
Total length:
58:24

Track listing – 1999 CD Edition[edit]

Disc One[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Benny Goodman 1950 Introduction" (recorded 1950)   0:22
2. "Don't Be That Way"   Edgar Sampson, Benny Goodman, Mitchell Parish 4:12
3. "Sometimes I'm Happy"   Vincent Youmans, Irving Caesar, Clifford Grey 4:13
4. "One O'Clock Jump"   Eddie Durham, Buster Smith 6:47
5. "Applause; transition to Twenty Years of Jazz"     0:41
6. "Sensation Rag"   Edwin "Eddie" Edwards 1:12
7. "I'm Coming Virginia"   Will Marion Cook, Donald Heywood 2:15
8. "When My Baby Smiles at Me"   Bill Munro, Andres Sterling, Ted Lewis, Harry Von Tilzer 0:52
9. "Shine"   Cecil Mack, Ford Dabney, Lew Brown 0:55
10. "Blue Reverie"   Duke Ellington, Harry Carney 3:32
11. "Applause; transition back to Goodman Orchestra"     0:22
12. "Life Goes to a Party"   Harry James, Benny Goodman 4:05
13. "Setting up for Jam Session"     0:40
14. "Honeysuckle Rose" (solos: Lester Young, Count Basie, Buck Clayton, Johnny Hodges, rhythm section (Basie, Freddie Green, Walter Page, Gene Krupa), Carney, Goodman, Green, James, Young, Clayton) Thomas "Fats" Waller, Andy Razaf 16:42
15. "Applause; setting-up & tuning-up for BG Small Groups"     1:00
16. "Body and Soul"   Johnny Green, Edward Heyman, Robert Sour, Frank Eyton 3:10
17. "Applause as Lionel Hampton enters"     0:27
18. "Avalon"   Vincent Rose, B.G. DeSylva, Al Jolson 4:04
19. "The Man I Love"   George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin 3:35
20. "I Got Rhythm"   George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin 4:51
21. "pause track"     0:06

Disc Two[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Blue Skies"   Irving Berlin 3:14
2. "Loch Lomond"   Traditional 3:04
3. "Applause; Benny Goodman's 'No Encore' announcement"     1:14
4. "Blue Room"   Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart 2:36
5. "Swingtime in the Rockies"   Jimmy Mundy, Benny Goodman 2:38
6. "Applause; Martha Tilton returns to stage"     0:21
7. "Bei Mir Bist du Schoen"   Scholom Secunda (music), Jacob Jacobs (lyrics)
adapted by Sammy Cahn, Saul Chaplin
3:54
8. "Applause; setting-up for BG small groups"     0:32
9. "China Boy"   Dick Winfree, Phil Boutelje 4:45
10. "Stompin' at the Savoy"   Edgar Sampson, Benny Goodman, Chick Webb 5:55
11. "Applause; BG Quartet continues but changes program"     0:24
12. "Dizzy Spells"   Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton, Teddy Wilson 5:37
13. "Applause; transition back to Goodman orchestra for finale"     0:41
14. "Sing Sing Sing (with a Swing)"   Louis Prima 12:02
15. "Applause until encores"     1:03
16. "If Dreams Come True"   Edgar Sampson, Benny Goodman, Irving Mills 2:34
17. "Applause for second encore"     0:21
18. "Big John's Special"   Horace Henderson 3:41
19. "pause track"     0:06
Benny Goodman 1950 Tune-By-Tune Introductions
No. Title Length
20. "Introduction"   0:26
21. "Don't Be That Way"   0:18
22. "Twenty Years of Jazz"   0:15
23. "Blue Reverie"   0:24
24. "Life Goes to a Party"   0:27
25. "Body and Soul"   0:45
26. "Avalon"   0:23
27. "Swingtime in the Rockies"   0:17
28. "Conclusion"   0:15

Tracks 20-28 are edited tracks from a 12" 78 rpm record, recorded in 1950 and sent to radio stations to help promote the album release.[3]

Personnel[edit]

The Benny Goodman Orchestra[edit]

Additional Personnel[edit]

Literature[edit]

  • James Lincoln Collier: Benny Goodman and the Swing Area. ISBN 0-19-505278-1
  • Irving Kolodin: Liner Notes (Benny Goodman – Carnegie Hall Concert)
  • Richard Morton & Brian Cook: The Penguin Guide To Jazz On CD, Sixth Edition, London, Penguin, 2002

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Eder, Bruce. The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Jazz Concert at AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-06-15.
  2. ^ a b c Cook, Richard; Brian Morton (2008) [1992]. The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings. The Penguin Guide to Jazz (9th ed.). New York: Penguin. pp. 574–575. ISBN 978-0-14-103401-0. 
  3. ^ Liner notes from 1999 reissue.
  4. ^ Sohmer, Jack (1938-01-16). "Jazz Reviews: Benny Goodman at Carnegie Hall-1938: CompleteBenny Goodman — By Jack Sohmer — Jazz Articles". Jazztimes.com. Retrieved 2012-01-06.