This recording of one of Benny Goodman’s last concerts in Germany (which was held for NDR’s “Sunday Concerts” series) is much more than a newly discovered collector’s item for fans of the eternally young American swing tradition.
Using minimal recording equipment, recording engineer Günter Pauler made an exciting and even touching sound-document of Goodman’s world-class playing at the Hamburg Congress Centre on his last European tour in 1981. The impressive interplay between the (then) young Danish and Belgian musicians and the old master of classic jazz on the large stage of the CCH Hamburg showcases great mutual playing synergy and class.
Günter Pauler tells us “In the 80s I recorded a lot of concerts for the NDR radio show “The Sunday Concert“. The Benny Goodman concert at CCH Hamburg has especially stayed in my memory. I was sitting behind the stage curtains with a 7-channel mixer that I had built myself and a NAGRA IV-S reel-to-reel recorder. Benny Goodman approached me during a break. He must have sensed my strain caused by having to make a two-channel recording without seeing the stage, nor having made a soundcheck. He laid his hand on my shoulder and said something like “it will all be okay“…”
Benny Goodman – Clarinet
Svend Asmussen – Violin, Vibraphone
Philip Catherine – Guitar
Mads Vinding – Bass
Bjarne Rostvold – Drums
Claes Crona – Piano
Total time: 01:32:07
Asmussen, Bernie, Burke, Caesar, Campbell, Casey, Christian, Connelly, Creamer, DeSylva, Eyton, Fields, Gershwin, Goodman, Green, Hamilton, Handy, Hart, Heyman, Jenkins, Jolson, Layton, Lewis, Lockhart, Mancini, McHugh, Mercer, Mundy, Pinkard, Prima, Reinhardt, Rodgers, ROSE, Sampson, Seitz, Shapiro, Sour, Trad., van Heusen, Youmans
|Analog Recording Equipment||
NAGRA IV-S Reel-to-Reel Tape Recorder
Hans-Jörg Maucksch at Pauler Acoustics (Analog Master Tape to DSD Transfer)
Custom 7 Channel Analog Mixer built by Günter Pauler
Transferred from the Original Analog Reel-to-Reel Master Tape to Stereo DSD 64
|Original Recording Format|
CCH in Hamburg, Germany on December 9, 1981
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|Release Date||August 24, 2020|
Jazz musicians are a bunch that liven up through playing together. And the master still displays this lightness in his phrasing, which turns compositional insignificances into unforgettable jazz.
For the last encore Goodman plays a slow piece all alone on the clarinet, this rather unwieldy instrument, which in New-Orleans-Jazz used to sound like a Bavarian-fair. Which was first given a certain kind of urban elegance by Goodman. He plays “It’s Easy To Remember”, seated.
An old man blows almost humbly a simple melody on his instrument. Nothing more. No improvisations. Plain, straightforward and dignified. Teary-eyed moments.
A very good recording and great music. Musically it’s really fun to listen to Benny live. Absolutely recommended.
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