Best Jazz Songs of Spring (Pt. 3) - JazzWax

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March 11, 2009


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John Cooper

Benny Goodman has a late 50s big band recording of something he called SWING INTO SPRING.

Good chart, well played, swings, but not especially 'up'. It has a bit of a melancholy sound to it....almost like the springtime of Swing is long past and ain't coming around again.

David Brent Johnson

Re: Goodman, also check out "Soft as Spring" with Helen Forrest singing (on the three-CD set of HF with BG).

"It Happens Every Spring"--another perennial spring fave of mine (the Four Freshmen recorded it as well, but I'm not a big fan of their version). The movie has a kind of goofball late-1940s charm, with Ray Milland as a professor who accidentally discovers a wood-resistant substance and becomes a star baseball pitcher. (And we thought using steroids was bad!) A sort of forerunner of the 1950s-70s Disney flicks like FLUBBER and STRONGEST MAN IN THE WORLD.

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