Bob Wilber and the Tuxedo Big Band
Fletcher Hendersons Unrecorded Arrangements for Benny Goodman
2000 Arbors Records, Inc.
SQ Issue: Spring 2001 Volume 11, Issue 2
Guest Conductor and Soloist: Bob Wilber, Clarinet; Trumpets: Jean Imbert, Eric Roberts, Philippe Laudet, Jacques Sallent; Trombones: Laurent Hotta, Didier Pascal, Michel Chalot; Saxophones: Paul Chéron, Stéphane Lourties, Michel Pastre, Gérard Batbie, Guy Robert; Piano: Thierry Ollé; Guitar: Henri Chéron; Bass: Pierre-Luc Puig; Drums: Jean-Luc Guiraud
A lot of good records come out every year, but very few of them could be called an event. This one can. An unearthed treasure trove of arrangements written by Fletcher Hederson for Benny Goodman but never previously recorded now brought to life by Bob Wilber and a swinging big band filled with first-rate soloists well, thats not the sort of thing that happens every day. Ross Firestone press release.
Mr. Firestone, author of Swing, Swing, Swing: The Life and Times of Benny Goodman has captured the essence of this CD. Fletcher Henderson was the genius behind numerous Goodman hits. His genius on these arrangements for this CD are solid gold!
You wont find the most popular Goodman tunes on this CD but you are soon going to have new favorites. EVERY song on this CD is danceable. I dont think Ive ever come across a prerecorded CD that I could say that about. Not only are they all danceable, but they are all exceptional. The musicians have contributed to a flawless effort on all 17 songs on this CD. The clarinet solos by Wilber capture the essence of Goodman and the Tuxedo Big Band is second to none.
I would point out my favorites but I would have to list every song. The band is tight and swingin and the soloists all shine. You cant have this CD in your collection soon enough. Go right now and buy this one!
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