Sol Yaged is one of the final living legends from the original era of American Big Band & Swing music. Born 1922, playing clarinet since 1935, Sol has played alongside every jazz great you can imagine from Glen Miller to Lionel Hampton to Gene Krupa. Known as “the disciple of Benny Goodman,” Sol was amazed by Goodman’s abilities and attended nearly every single Benny Goodman orchestra live show, band rehearsal, or recording date. So much so that when it came time to film the 1956 movie “The Benny Goodman Story” Sol Yaged was hired to fly out to Hollywood for a month to teach lead role Steve Allen how to play, look and act like Benny Goodman. Now 95 years old, Sol continues to remain a world-renown clarinetist and legend in the jazz, big band and swing communities from players of all ages, especially in his home: New York City.
Originally released in 1956, this album is now available again for the first time in 62 years and available digitally for the first time ever. Featuring vibraphonist and fellow living legend Harry Sheppard, these tracks portray beautifully the authentic swing sound of the 40’s and 50’s. With Sol already playing clarinet for twenty years by the time this was recorded, his expertise and speed shines through in tracks like “After You’ve Gone,” “Yacht Club Swing,” or Yaged’s own (title track) “It Might As Well Be Swing.” This album was remastered with precise quality and sounds better than ever! Available on digipak CD & white vinyl. Download cards included. PURCHASE VINYL VERSION HERE – PURCHASE CD VERSION HERE
“Has Clarinet, Will Swing Till Wee Hours; Sol Yaged, a Benny Goodman Disciple, Still Plays the Good Old Songs the Good Old Way.” – The New York Times