1. Letís Dance
2. Bugle Call Rag
3. Donít Be That Way
4. The Very Thought of You
5. Stealiní Apples
7. And the Angels Sing
8. Swingtime in the Rockies
9. One OíClock Jump
10. Big Johnís Special
11. Poor Butterfly
12. Itís Almost Like Being in Love
13. King Porter Stomp
14. Sing Sing Sing (Part 1)
15. Sing Sing Sing (Part 2)
Terry Myers - Clarinet, leader
Charlie Bertini, Steve Walters, Shawn Gratz, Don Johnson - Trumpets
John Allred, Steve Smith, Jerry Edwards, Joe Barati - Trombones
Dave Edwards, Bob Davis, Don Mitiken, Rex Wertz, Dave Weaver - Saxes
Dave Wolpe - Piano
Bob Leary - Guitar
Charlie Silva - Bass
Eddie Metz - Drums
Connie Brink - Vocals
Recorded April 1999, in Ocoee, Florida
Terry Myers was the baritone sax player in the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra
when it was led by Buddy Morrow, before he was asked to form a Benny
Goodman Band, initially to play on a cruise on the liner Norway. The
band completed that gig successfully and went on to appear in many
Florida venues, as well as in Las Vegas and New York City.
This is a very nice band: it plays the charts cleanly, the soloists
are all good and, although it is playing music from a past era, it
does so with a freshness and enthusiasm which is a joy to listen to.
The recording technique, which used the minimum of re-mastering, meant
that the band had to listen to one another, as though they were giving
a live performance, so we are actually hearing what they played, not
what someone else made out of it!
Terry handles the Goodman solos well, not perhaps quite to the BG
standard, but who could! Drummer Eddie Metz keeps everything swinging.
Terry plays several of the tunes a bit faster than the original versions,
but the new tempos are quite acceptable. The dynamics are played very
well, something many tribute bands tend to forget about.
I enjoyed every track and it is my opinion that anyone who is a fan
of big band music and the Benny Goodman band in particular should
buy this album and enjoy the performance.
Pianist Dave Wolpe contributed seven of the arrangements, which are
similar to the originals but mostly a bit better. I have always enjoyed
Daveís arrangements which are played by many bands worldwide. Gordon
Jenkins provided the arrangement for the final track, Goodbye.