Benny Goodman's Quartet Play Ida.

by Albert Haim

Wonderful version! Goes through a whole bunch of changes in tempo. Recorded on Feb 13, 1937 with Teddy Wilson on piano, Gene Krupa on drums and Lionel Hampton on vibraphone. The connections of Benny and Gene to Bix are obvious. That of Teddy Wilson is not. See

Also, from "The World of Duke Ellington" by Stanley Dance, Ted Wilson is quoted, "I'd started arranging when I was in high school. I took a music major in theory while I was in college, and I did an awful lot of arranging when I was with he Speed Web band. My brother Gus, who was fourteen months older, was doing a lot for Webb, too, and so was Vic Dickenson. We used to have Louis Armstrong and Bix Beiderbecke solos orchestrated for five brass in the band. Bix's ideas were wonderful for five-way harmony."

From the film "Hollywood Hotel" shown recently on TCM.

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