Music of the Moment #2

It’s been far too long since I’ve updated this blog. I was hoping to post something comprehensive today, but I’ve been dealing instead with some computer woes – and my main machine is currently engaged in copying around a terabyte of data (some important, much of it less so) from its failing user drive to the shiny new hopefully-more-reliable user drive. C’est la vie.

So I’m posting this from my DJing laptop, with far less time to spend than I’d hoped. Time though for a quick music of the moment post – this time from one of the many incarnations of the Benny Goodman Sextet (this one managing to feature seven musicians), and it’s a 1941 live performance of Benny’s Bugle. This one sends my pulse racing every time I hear it – it really is that special. Speedwise it’s … variable, speeding up by 15bpm or so towards the end when things start to get really exciting. The lineup is superb – aside from Mr Goodman, we have Charlie Christian’s amazing guitar, Cootie Williams on the trumpet, and Georgie Auld, Johnny Guarnieri and Nick Fatool on tenor sax, piano and drums respectively. And it has that sense of relentless drive, energy and raw excitement that so typifies many of my favourite swing recordings.

From: Charlie Christian With The Goodman Sextet: The Radio Broadcasts 1939 – 1941
Benny’s Bugle
Benny’s Bugle

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