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Benny Golson

Benny Golson is a talented composer/arranger whose tenor playing has continued to evolve with time. After attending Howard University (1947-1950) he worked in Philadelphia with Bull Moose Jackson's R&B band (1951) at a time when it included one of his writing influences, Tadd Dameron on piano. Golson played with Dameron for a period in 1953, followed by stints with Lionel Hampton (1953-1954), and Johnny Hodges and Earl Bostic (1954-1956). He came to prominence while with Dizzy Gillespie's globetrotting big band (1956-1958), as much for his writing as for his tenor playing (the latter was most influenced by Don Byas and Lucky Thompson). Golson wrote such standards as "I Remember Clifford" (for the late Clifford Brown), "Killer Joe," "Stablemates," "Whisper Not," "Along Came Betty," and "Blues March" during 1956-1960. His stay with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers (1958-1959) was significant, and during 1959-1962 he co-led the Jazztet with Art Farmer. From that point on Golson gradually drifted away from jazz and concentrated more on working in the studios and with orchestras including spending a couple of years in Europe (1964-1966). When Golson returned to active playing in 1977, his tone had hardened and sounded much closer to Archie Shepp than to Don Byas. Other than an unfortunate commercial effort for Columbia in 1977, Golson has recorded consistently rewarding albums (many for Japanese labels) since that time including a reunion with Art Farmer and Curtis Fuller in a new Jazztet. Through the years he has recorded as a leader for Contemporary, Riverside, United Artists, New Jazz, Argo, Mercury, and Dreyfus among others. Returning once again to the spirit of the original Jazztet, Golson released New Time, New 'Tet on Concord Records in 2009. ~ Scott Yanow, Rovi
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Nothing but the BEST!!
Sweet, sweet, sax, I'm moist :-)
If he had done nothing more than write I Remember Clifford, his immortality would be assured. But of course, he has done so much more.
I love that Benny Golson's bio describes his musical change lightly as if it had just changed upon his return from Europe to America. Truth is that his music like all musicians reflect their life lived or their collective experiences and their individual perspective shaped by the context from which they experienced it and all that helped to shape and mold them. So his music grew out of his experiences and he told his story through his music.
Saw Benny in concert recently at North Carolina Central University with
their Jazz Ensemble. Unmistakable sound. His songs were the stars!!!
Killer JOE!
I love how it can at times tell a story.
Excellent track! This is what I love about jazz.
This kind of jazz makes me nervous. It's all over the place. Thumbs down
naomi_belen
I saw Benny Golson at the Jazz Showcase in Chicago. What an amazing performer. It was cool listening to him as he spoke of how he was inspired to compose all those great tunes. Especially, Killer Joe!
Saw him with the Jazz Messengers. Great show, but Benny talked a LOT.
Saw him first in the movie done by Tom Hanks while he played at a club in NYC. The brother is too TOUGH!!! Benny G. Yes sir REE!
billdub54
This is the first time listening, I like what I hear.
edhp9609
Such a pretty voice through his horn. It reminds me of the feeling I get from listening to James Moody and Stan Getz.
A truly beautiful sound. Distinctive and fresh.
Fabulas Great marvelous
Killer Joe is my all-time Jazz standard Fav
mooyoo.77
HAPPY BIRTHDAY BENNY, ONE OF THE GREAT COMPOSERS OF ALL JAZZ TIMES. I NEVER TIRE OF BENNY`S MUSIC, KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK.
quicksilver3 2 1
What more can say about Benny Golson! He is a great artist

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