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Guy Lemcoe
The Audio Beat, April 2015

The music is sophisticated swing from start to finish with overtones of New Orleans jazz. Throughout the concert, the handpicked musicians and female vocalist demonstrate why they were chosen for this gig.

Benny Goodman and Anita O’Day fans will have to have this record. Others should buy it to experience late-‘50s swing captured in superb live sound. Along with the thousands of concert attendees whose enthusiasm is captured on the tapes, you too will be thrilled. © 2015 The Audio Beat Read complete review



Lynn René Bayley
Fanfare, September 2012

The “expanded Goodman sextet” sound is evident on Breakfast Feud, where the trumpet, trombone, and tenor sax play rhythmic punctuations behind one of Goodman’s best solos on this set. Phillips keeps it going with a tenor solo that, rhythmically, leans toward R&B but is far more advanced harmonically. Pianist Freeman gets a chance to shine in the trio performances of Body and Soul and Whispering, and the quartet (with Norvo) version of Memories of You…

The extended jam on Don’t Get Around Much is particularly loose and relaxed, with everyone in great form. Goodman introduces Ten Bone as a Harris-Phillips specialty, and indeed it is…By this time, the band is really flying…

The mono sound quality is unbelievably good, almost like a modern digital recording. If you’re a fan of O’Day, Norvo, Harris, or Phillips, you need to get this disc. © 2012 Fanfare Read complete review





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