Midiri Brothers Septet - Live! at Bridgewater (2001)
This live concert CD was recorded at Bridgewater, N.J. on Jan. 13, 2001 on the occasion of the Midiris' second straight performance at an annual salute to Goodman. The brothers were thrilled to be the first group ever invited back two years in a row. The group performing then modeled itself after the Goodman Sextet from 1939-1942 that featured Charlie Christian, the electric guitar pioneer. The CD is filled out with four in-studio performances that are just as good as the eight live tracks.
Note for note duplication may prevent this CD from being art in the eyes of jazz purists. But, these modern day Benny wannabes really play this stuff well, and those of us who always wished we could hear this music played on something other than cleaned-up 78 RPM records transferred to LPs or CDs appreciate the Midiris' efforts to preserve Goodman's place in jazz history.
Although the band is still active there seems to be a problem with their website, but their Facebook page is easily accessible.
There doesn't appear to be any sound clips or videos of this album available for you to sample so I'm serving up something more recent for you to enjoy.