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by Benny Green
 
Benny Green led a popular trio from near the beginning of his career to around 2000, when he abruptly disbanded, not leading a band for a decade, aside from some duo recordings with guitarist Russell Malone. But a recording session with the rhythm team of bassist Peter Washington and drummer

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Benny Green led a popular trio from near the beginning of his career to around 2000, when he abruptly disbanded, not leading a band for a decade, aside from some duo recordings with guitarist Russell Malone. But a recording session with the rhythm team of bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington to accompany guitarist Satoshi Inoue rekindled the fire in the pianist's belly, resulting in this outstanding session. The two Washingtons have worked together frequently during their careers, while Green is on fire interacting with them. The ten pieces are all works by jazz composers, including both well-known and obscure works. It's little surprise to hear Green tackling Bud Powell's furious bop anthem "Tempus Fugue-It"; the veteran pianist indulges in fireworks and engages his drummer trading fours, while he also delivers a rollicking treatment of Horace Silver's "Opus de Funk." Mel Tormé's lush, bittersweet ballad "Born to Be Blue" is also in good hands, with Green's adept use of the sustaining pedal adding to the mood. The less-familiar songs are equally delightful. Green captures the loneliness of walking Manhattan streets late at night with his shimmering rendition of Benny Golson's "Park Avenue Petite." Aside from "Grooveyard," Carl Perkins' songs have been overlooked, but Green turns in an infectious, choppy version of this hard bop vehicle, winding it up with an unresolved ending. The trio of Benny Green, Peter Washington, and Kenny Washington could easily be the start of something big.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/12/2011
Label:
Jazz Legacy Prod
UPC:
0764942238029
catalogNumber:
1001014
Rank:
137471

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Performance Credits

Benny Green   Primary Artist,Piano
Kenny Washington   Drums
Peter Washington   Bass

Technical Credits

Sonny Clark   Composer
Kenny Drew   Composer
Dizzy Gillespie   Composer
Duke Pearson   Composer
Bud Powell   Composer
Horace Silver   Composer
Mel Tormé   Composer
Carl Perkins   Composer
Donald Byrd   Composer
Benny Golson   Composer
Benny Green   Liner Notes
Nick Venti   Booking
John Lee   Producer,Engineer
Lore Dore   Artwork
Lisa Broderick   Executive Producer
Drew Mackasek   Engineer
Edward Pagan   Graphic Design

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