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 Oh, Benny Goodman!
Author: sanya 
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 
Date:   2006-07-17 00:36


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.


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 Re: Oh, Benny Goodman!
Author: FDF 
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.

Post Edited (2006-07-17 02:19)

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 Re: Oh, Benny Goodman!
Author: RichA 
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 
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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