Catalogue: JASMCD 2573
Price Code: A
Release Date: 01/05/2001
Bar Code: 604988 25732 8
Tex BENEKE & His Orch.
In Glenn Miller's Footsteps - Blues, Serenades & Marches
Sad but true, it's an ill wind which blows nobody
any good, but in the case of Tex Beneke it is not certain that the premature,
and mysterious, death of Glenn Miller in December 1944 was ultimately to his
benefit. True, Miller's death propelled Tex to the front of the band, but he was
forever afterwards known as the guy who kept the Glenn Miller sound alive, even
when the orchestra was billed as his own. In short, if Gordon 'Tex' Beneke had
personal ambitions in the musical field, they were to remain largely submerged
under the shadow of a dead giant. Fortunately, for the benefit of Popular music,
he shared the same high standards as his former boss and through the later 1940s
showed the way Glenn Miller himself may have developed the 'Big Band'
sound.Twenty-two commercial recordings are presented here, showcasing Tex Beneke
through the few years when he was leading the Glenn Miller band and recording as
such, and also recordings made under his own name. Whether playing tunes closely
associated with Miller or otherwise, the sound lingers and there is nothing
wrong with that. The Glenn Miller magic is still recognised today and for being
a part of it, Tex Beneke will always be remembered.
£8.99 / $14.83 / €10.10