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Benny Goodman: Interview 3

Interview Three: Our Pop Music was on a Higher Level

Teddy Wilson talks to Les Tomkins about Benny Goodman. 

Interview:1970

Source: Jazz Professional

Interview Text or Transcript

Some of the reviews of the original Benny Goodman Trio and Quartet said we were making jazz more sophisticated, but if you listen to some of the earlier groups, like Bix Beiderbecke, Ed Lang and Joe Venuti, or the Louis Armstrong Hot Five, Earl Hines on piano—I wouldn't say what we were doing was more advanced than that. You play what you feel, you know. I'm just not as force ful a piano player as Hines or Fats Waller. That's the only thing there that might make you say it had more polish.

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