This album is not only a tribute to the great music of Benny Goodman. We consider this to be, also, a tribute to the wonderful generation which made the music popular in the first place. The sacrifices they made for all of us in defeating the depression and the axis powers in Wold War II made it possible for us to thrive in the last half of the twentieth century. To all of them, we say “thanks“.
In this earnest salute to the King of Swing, clarinetist Terry Myers and his splendid Florida–based orchestra frame impressive likenesses of songs that helped make Benny Goodman a household name when big bands ruled the musical world. Myers and Co. stroll resolutely and unapologetically down “the sunny side of the street.” It’s clear they had a lot of fun recording the album, as a result of which the listener does too.