The Many Moods of Benny Golson

The Many Moods of Benny Golson

by Benny Golson Jazztet


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/10/2009
Label: Arkadia Jazz
UPC: 0602267074529
catalogNumber: 70745
Rank: 86672

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,Audio Production
Gregory Downer   Cover Design
K. Russell   Composer

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