The Best of Benny Golson

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All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
Benny Golson's acclaim as a player and composer is widespread in the jazz community, and this collection has been issued as part of a celebration of his eightieth birthday. It bookends his career, with many large ensemble selections from 1957 and 1958 in his pre-Jazztet days, and a few cuts from the 1980s onward with a second edition of the Jazztet, and select small combos. Trumpeter Art Farmer was his longtime partner in the original Jazztet, and he is featured, as is trombonist Curtis Fuller, the one musician who has worked with Golson through his entire career. Surprisingly, this reissue featuring nine tracks includes only six of the dozens of songs written by ...
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All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
Benny Golson's acclaim as a player and composer is widespread in the jazz community, and this collection has been issued as part of a celebration of his eightieth birthday. It bookends his career, with many large ensemble selections from 1957 and 1958 in his pre-Jazztet days, and a few cuts from the 1980s onward with a second edition of the Jazztet, and select small combos. Trumpeter Art Farmer was his longtime partner in the original Jazztet, and he is featured, as is trombonist Curtis Fuller, the one musician who has worked with Golson through his entire career. Surprisingly, this reissue featuring nine tracks includes only six of the dozens of songs written by Golson, two standards, and a prototypical hard bop, stereo separated composition of Gigi Gryce, "Reunion," with an immortal democratic sextet featuring Max Roach, J.J. Johnson, and Kenny Dorham. While not a definitive "best-of" compilation, it does offer an interesting mix as to why Benny Golson is one of the all-time great jazz artists in the second half century of the music. The late-'50s sessions are the most valuable, and include the all-time classic "Whisper Not," a light blue traipse with a nonet, the elegant bopper "Are You Real?," and the basic 12-bar tiptoe tune "Blues After Dark," all signifying the epitome of cool. Fuller's presence is undeniable as Golson's main foil on most of the six tracks from his early years, especially during the cover of "I Didn't Know What Time It Was," with ultimately passive voicings from the horns jolted by an occasional quick 3/4 burst, and swimming with Detroit masters Tommy Flanagan on his ever vivacious and classy piano, and bassist Doug Watkins for a ballad treatment of "April in Paris." The final three selections are from 1986, 1997, and 2004, including a revived and spirited Jazztet with Fuller and Farmer on a live nine-and-a-half minute version of "Along Came Betty," a two-tenor infused studio version of "Five Spot After Dark" with Ron Blake, and the all-time hit "Killer Joe" with muted trumpeter Eddie Henderson ably abetting Golson in a composed display of reserved watching and warning -- keep at least one eye open for that devilish "Killer Joe"! Pianist Mike LeDonne cut his teeth with Golson, and is a standout on the final two selections. Without the Argo/Chess and Mercury label recordings of the Jazztet, his contributions as a member of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, or many other great compositions Golson has written, this cannot be a comprehensive greatest-hits package, but it does serve as a very good primer for those who have still not yet discovered what a grand master he truly is.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/20/2009
  • Label: Ojc
  • UPC: 888072312586
  • Catalog Number: 31258
  • Sales rank: 107,579

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Benny Golson Primary Artist, Tenor Saxophone
James Cleveland Trombone
Ray Bryant Piano
Kenny Dorham Trumpet
Ray Drummond Bass, Bass Guitar
Art Farmer Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Tommy Flanagan Piano
Curtis Fuller Trombone
Gigi Gryce Alto Saxophone
Barry Harris Piano
Philly Joe Jones Drums
Wynton Kelly Piano
Max Roach Drums
Marvin "Smitty" Smith Drums
Art Taylor Drums
Doug Watkins Bass, Bass Guitar
Julius Watkins French Horn
Eddie Henderson Trumpet
Mickey Tucker Piano
Mike LeDonne Piano
John Swana Trumpet
Al Harewood Drums
Jymie Merritt Bass, Bass Guitar
Carl Allen Drums
Art Blakey Drums
Paul Chambers Bass Guitar
J.J. Johnson Trombone
Charlie Persip Drums
Sahib Shihab Baritone Saxophone
Peter Washington Bass, Bass Guitar
Buster Williams Bass, Bass Guitar
Joe Farnsworth Drums
Barry Harris Piano
Tom Bryant Bass Guitar
Rob Blake Tenor Saxophone
Micky Tucker Piano
Technical Credits
Gigi Gryce Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Vernon Duke Composer
John Burk Producer
Rudy Van Gelder Engineer
Benny Golson Arranger, Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg Composer
Lorenz Hart Composer
Jack Higgins Engineer
Helen Keane Producer, Audio Production
Orrin Keepnews Producer, Audio Production
Nick Phillips Audio Production
Dennis Wall Engineer
Makoto Kimata Producer, Audio Production
Phil Klum Engineer
Joe Tarantino Remastering
Tommy Nola Engineer
Larissa Collins Art Direction
Marc Myers Liner Notes
John Burke Audio Production
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