What's New? - Reimagining Benny Goodman

Oran Etkin

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Jazz, Contemporary
November 6, 2015

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Acclaimed bandleader, composer and clarinettist Oran Etkin pays a distinctly modern homage to the "King of Swing", Benny Goodman, on the eve of the 30th anniversary of his death in 2016. This is the fourth album by Etkin for Motéma, following on the heels of his successful 2014 album 'Gathering Light'.

'What's New?' at once celebrates two sides of Benny Goodman: the music of his big band that launched the Swing Era and of his quartet that became the first mainstream racially-integrated band. Described as "a composer of eminent individuality" by his mentor Yusef Lateef, Etkin taps into both Benny Goodman the bandleader and clarinettist on this phenomenal tribute recording. "I see the Swing Era as a spiritual awakening in the midst of the Great Depression" says Etkin. "Through his clarinet, Goodman brought the swinging rhythms of black America, the soulful cry of the blues and the wailing moan of the Jewish prayer into American homes, creating a positive movement of music and dance that carried the country through a difficult period and quickly spread throughout the world."

The album, produced by Etkin and Matt Pierson, features Etkin on clarinet, bass clarinet, saxophone; Sullivan Fortner, recent winner of the American Piano Association's Cole Porter Fellowship in Jazz, on piano; Steve Nelson on vibes; Matt Wilson on drums; and guest vocalist, Charenee Wade.

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Key Value
Catalogue number 234100
Barcode 0885150341001
Number of items 1
Packaging type Digipak
Imported No
Weight 70g
Dimensions (LxWxH) 130mm x 8mm x 130mm

Disc 1

Track Listing — Disc 1

Song Title Time
1. Prelude -
2. Dinah -
3. Why Don't You Do Right feat. Charenee Wade -
4. Running Wild -
5. When Every Voice Shall Sing -
6. What's New? -
7. BRInk -
8. King Porter Stomp -
9. After You've Gone feat. Charenee Wade -
10. Be Good Lady -
11. Where or When -
12. Sing, Sing, Sing -