The Many Moods of Benny Golson

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Benny Golson is in terrific form throughout this compilation, which draws from three of Benny Golson's earlier CDs for Arkadia Jazz (though oddly omitting any music from Up Jumped Benny), listing personnel but not giving any recording dates. A reunion with his old Jazztet bandmates Art Farmer and Curtis Fuller features new versions of two of the band's staples, Golson's hit "Killer Joe" and "Along Came Betty," with superb solos and ensemble work. Golson trades choruses with Branford Marsalis in a dreamy setting of "Body and Soul," while cornetist Nat Adderley provides a foil for the leader in "Work Song" and a decidedly funky setting of "Mack the Knife." But the biggest ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Benny Golson is in terrific form throughout this compilation, which draws from three of Benny Golson's earlier CDs for Arkadia Jazz (though oddly omitting any music from Up Jumped Benny), listing personnel but not giving any recording dates. A reunion with his old Jazztet bandmates Art Farmer and Curtis Fuller features new versions of two of the band's staples, Golson's hit "Killer Joe" and "Along Came Betty," with superb solos and ensemble work. Golson trades choruses with Branford Marsalis in a dreamy setting of "Body and Soul," while cornetist Nat Adderley provides a foil for the leader in "Work Song" and a decidedly funky setting of "Mack the Knife." But the biggest treat for Golson's fans is the addition of four previously unissued tracks, all quartet numbers. The tenor saxophonist is pared with Mulgrew Miller, Buster Williams, and Carl Allen for a lush, subtle take of "Mood Indigo" and a jaunty "Don't Get Around Much Anymore." The rhythm section switches to Mike LeDonne, Dwayne Burno and Joe Farnsworth for a snappy take of John Coltrane's infrequently performed "Syeeda's Song Flute" and a delicate interpretation of the leader's ballad "Touch Me Lightly." Even if one already owns 60-percent of this compilation on Golson's earlierArkadia Jazz releases, it is still worth the investment.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/10/2009
  • Label: Arkadia Jazz
  • UPC: 602267074529
  • Catalog Number: 70745
  • Sales rank: 139,376

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Killer Joe (7:53)
  2. 2 Work Song (6:21)
  3. 3 Body & Soul - Branford Marsalis (6:20)
  4. 4 St. Thomas (5:47)
  5. 5 Syeeda's Song Flute (6:54)
  6. 6 Mood Indigo (6:44)
  7. 7 Along Came Betty (7:35)
  8. 8 Mack the Knife (5:38)
  9. 9 Touch Me Lightly (6:33)
  10. 10 Don't Get Around Much Any More (5:41)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Benny Golson Primary Artist, Tenor Saxophone
Nat Adderley Trumpet, Cornet
Monty Alexander Piano
Ray Drummond Bass, Bass Guitar
Art Farmer Trumpet
Curtis Fuller Trombone
Geoff Keezer Piano
Marvin "Smitty" Smith Drums
Harold Ashby Tenor Saxophone
Mike LeDonne Piano
Carl Allen Drums
Dwayne Burno Bass, Bass Guitar
Branford Marsalis Tenor Saxophone
Mulgrew Miller Piano
Buster Williams Bass, Bass Guitar
Joe Farnsworth Drums
Technical Credits
Kurt Weill Composer
Nat Adderley Composer
Sonny Rollins Composer
Irving Mills Composer
Bertolt Brecht Composer
Barney Bigard Composer
John Coltrane Composer
Duke Ellington Composer
Benny Golson Composer
Johnny Green Composer
Keith Russell Composer
Bob Karcy Producer, Executive Producer, Mastering, Audio Production
Gregory Downer Cover Design
Jeremy Pildis Mastering
K. Russell Composer
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