Benny Golson – Let’s Play One (2018)

Benny Golson - Let's Play One (2018)
Artist: Benny Golson
Album: Let’s Play One
Label: nagel heyer records
Year Of Release: 2018
Quality: FLAC (tracks)

01. Easy Living
02. Whisper Not
03. Stella by Starlight
04. Serenata
05. In Love in Vain
06. I Fall in Love Too Easily
07. Sonny’s Back
08. Ruby, My Dear
09. You’re Not the Kind
10. It Ain’t Necessarily So
11. Blues on My Mind
12. Mad About the Boy
13. Stablemates
14. The Touch
15. Richie’s Dilemma
16. Little Karin
17. Thursday’s Theme
18. Mox Nix
19. (I’m Afraid) The Masquerade Is Over
20. Just in Time
21. This Nearly Was Mine
22. My Romance
23. Out of This World
24. Killer Joe
25. Along Came Betty


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

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