“I’ve found a new baby”

If any song shouts “swing,” it’s this classic by the Benny Goodman Sextet, featuring Goodman’s inimitable jazz clarinet and a wonderful solo by Charlie Christian, who, though he died of tuberculosis at only 25, was a big influence on later jazz guitar as well as rock. This version was recorded on January 15, 1941.

The members of the Sextet are a catalogue of jazz greats; besides Goodman on the clarinet and Christian on electric guitar, it featured Lionel Hampton on vibes, Fletcher Henderson on piano, Cootie Williams (stolen from Ellington’s band) on trumpet, George Auld on saxophone, Jo Jones on drums, and Artie Bernstein on bass (that’s eight people, of course).  The ending is particularly evocative of Dixieland jazz, showing the continuity of the form over four decades. Go here for a longer (and faster) recording of this song by Goodman’s full orchestra.

Another classic from the group I love is “Rose Room“, also with a swinging introduction by Goodman and a great solo by Christian.

Part of the sextet, with Christian on the right.


h/t: Amy


  1. Posted June 13, 2016 at 7:52 am | Permalink

    Reblogged this on The Logical Place.

  2. Randall Schenck
    Posted June 13, 2016 at 8:12 am | Permalink

    Pretty good timing. Clarinda just finished the annual Glenn Miller Festival.

    • Ian H Spedding
      Posted June 13, 2016 at 5:57 pm | Permalink

      Must try to get to the next one. Made my first pilgrimage to Clarinda, as any true Miller fan must, ten years ago.

  3. Diana MacPherson
    Posted June 13, 2016 at 9:46 am | Permalink

    Oh! I thought there were going to be pictures of baby squirrels!🙂

  4. Cate Plys
    Posted June 13, 2016 at 10:19 am | Permalink

    Thanks Jerry, it’s been way too long since I added to my jazz music, and this is obviously a marvelous addition. FYI to others, Charlie Christian “The Genius of the Electric Guitar” gets you 16 great recordings for only $9.99 at iTunes, including “I Found a New Baby.”

    • Posted June 13, 2016 at 10:28 am | Permalink

      I have that CD, which is where I first heard the song. It’s a wonderful collection.

  5. Posted June 13, 2016 at 10:59 am | Permalink

    Once again, it’s not available outside the USA. Is it the same as this one?

    • Posted June 13, 2016 at 11:21 am | Permalink

      That song is the same, but I don’t know if the rest of the songs on the album are the same as the CD shown at the top.

  6. Ken Kukec
    Posted June 13, 2016 at 12:03 pm | Permalink

    Credit Goodman for “race mixing” before race mixing was cool — back when almost all big bands (like almost all other aspects of American life) were still segregated by race.

    • Diane G.
      Posted June 14, 2016 at 4:12 am | Permalink

      Music, then sports, played huge roles in the gradual evolution of our social mores over the past 6 decades or so. Talent will out.

      Now we just need to see some Muslims on stage and out on the ball field.

      • Ken Kukec
        Posted June 14, 2016 at 4:24 pm | Permalink

        McCoy Tyner (aka Sulieman Saud) and Art “Bu” Blakey (aka Abdullah Ibn Buhaina), both converts to Islam, certainly made their marks in the jazz world. As did Jamaal Wilkes and Kareem in basketball, and Ahmad Rashad in football. (Guessing we don’t have to name names in boxing.)

        Not sure when we might see the Muslim Jackie Robinson (or Branch Rickey) on the diamond. (Sam Khalifa, who had a cup of coffee with the Pirates in the mid-80s, was more like the Muslim Pumpsie Green.)

  7. DrBrydon
    Posted June 13, 2016 at 2:18 pm | Permalink

    “I Found a New Baby” is one of my favorite songs. I actually have a playlist with the different versions I have of it, and I can actually listen to them one after another. That’s the nice thing about a “standard;” everyone played it. While not my absolute favorite version, this one by Wilbur De Paris is very good, with a driving pace and a unique intro.

  8. Ian H Spedding
    Posted June 13, 2016 at 5:53 pm | Permalink

    Science, swing and cats. What more could one ask of an evolutionary biologist? )Other Christian (Charlie) favorites, “Royal Garden Blues” and “I’ve Found A New Baby” and the big band showcase “Solo Flight”. Combine two out of three and you have the theme song from the original version of “That Darn Cat” by Bobby darin.

  9. Posted June 13, 2016 at 7:30 pm | Permalink

    If it gets any better, I sure don’t know about it. I’ll allow for some ties, but nothing tops this.

  10. Diane G.
    Posted June 14, 2016 at 4:13 am | Permalink

    Love it! Have to admit it’s the first time I ever heard it, too. Thanks, Jerry!

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