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 Oh, Benny Goodman!
Author: sanya (---.cpe.net.cable.rogers.com - ISP in Beamsville, ON Canada)
Date:   2006-07-17 00:22

Have any of you ever tried playing "Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing)"? I know it's a big band jazz piece and not just clarinet, but the clarinet part is pretty cool, I think. How did you like it?

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 Re: Oh, Benny Goodman!
Author: hans (---.sympatico.ca - ISP in Hamilton, ON Canada)
Date:   2006-07-17 00:36

sanya,

I won a big band chart for Sing, Sing, Sing in an auction today and will let you know how I like it after it arrives - probably in ~3 weeks.

I have a recording of Tom Colclough playing the Sing, Sing, Sing lead clarinet part (from the "Forever Swing" musical) and IMO he is an order of magnitude better than Benny Goodman.

Regards,
Hans

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 Re: Oh, Benny Goodman!
Author: FDF (---.eriepa.dsl-w.verizon.net - ISP in Naugatuck, CT United States)
Date:   2006-07-17 00:51

For me, the Benny Goodman rendering of “Sing, Sing, Sing,” is a defining moment in jazz. As I remember, Gene Krupa was on drums and Harry James on trumpet, but the most swinging solo was Goodman’s rhapsodic. stratospheric solo. I think it is impossible to capture the moment, technically, perhaps one could, but not the rhythm or the sheer creative genius, based on well-honed classical training and a natural feel for jazzy swing. Would be fun to try, however.



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 Re: Oh, Benny Goodman!
Author: RichA (---.client.dsl.net - ISP in Mentor, OH United States)
Date:   2006-07-17 20:55

Sing, Sing, Sing was THE defining hit of the 1937 Carnegie Hall Jazz Concert. Besides Goodman, Krupa, James, etc. Jess Stacey had a great piano solo. The song is 12 1/2 minutes of bliss.

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 Re: Oh, Benny Goodman!
Author: allencole (---.152.78.92.Dial1.Atlanta1.Level3.net - ISP in Richmond, VA United States)
Date:   2006-07-18 04:50

I regularly play Sing, Sing, Sing although with only the opening clarinet solo. It is billed as a drum feature, and it works very well with only a four-horn section (which forces me to double tenor sax on some parts). We do the opening section, the Christopher Columbus section, the section with the technical-sounding trumpet parts, the section with the unison trumpet melody (right before benny's extended solo section) and the very last section of the song. (a 3-4 minute version)

It's a ton of fun playing even the opening solo, and even moreso having my arrangement brought to life by the band's energy. It's always a big crowd pleaser because it sounds so much like all the neo-swing stuff that imitates it.

Allen Cole

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