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Benny Goodman: Benny Goodman at Carnegie Hall-1938: Complete

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Rightly proclaimed as being the most significant concert in jazz history, the Jan. 16, 1938, appearance of the Benny Goodman orchestra at Carnegie Hall was not only an unprecedented coup for jazz and racially integrated public performance, as has so often been stated. It also served to open the doors of this prestigious venue to events as far ranging as John Hammond’s 1938 and 1939 From Spirituals to Swing all-star concerts to Goodman once again in 1978 for his 40th anniversary celebration. Originally issued in a two-LP gatefold album in 1950, the nearly forgotten documentation of this historic event quickly became Columbia’s best-selling jazz release, a distinction it was to hold for decades to come.

Although rumored among collectors for decades, the mass public had no way of knowing that not only had two big band numbers been excised from the commercial release and all subsequent reissues; Columbia’s engineers also deleted an exciting, unplanned third solo chorus by trumpeter Buck Clayton, as well as the entirety of Harry Carney’s and Freddie Green’s solos, each two choruses in length while truncating the 17-minute all-star guest jam session on “Honeysuckle Rose.”

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