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Benny Golson: Along Came Benny

By Published: August 21, 2008
In August, 2008 Golson introduces a new group, Benny Golson's New Jazztet at the New York club Smoke and will go into the recording studio directly thereafter to lay down a series of new tunes and arrangements. The New Jazztet features Golson on tenor sax with Eddie Henderson (trumpet), Steve Davis (trombone), Buster Williams (bass), Carl Allen (drums) and Mike LeDonne (piano). In addition to composing a fresh arrangement of Sonny Rollins' "Airegin" and his own "Come Back Jamaica," Golson intends to test out arrangements of "Ain't No Mountain High Enough," a portion of an opera by Verdi and even a song by DeBarge, an R&B group big in the '80s.

Why would a senior giant of jazz saxophone and composition take such radically eclectic risks? "Creativity never retires. Anybody who's worth his or her salt never says, I've done this and I've done that—now I'm finished. Music is open-ended; there is no end to it. Hank Jones put it this way: 'The horizon is always ahead.' That's right. It's perpetual. You want to go on, you don't want to stop."

Selected Discography

Art Farmer/Benny Golson/Jazztet, The Complete Argo/Mercury Sessions (Mosaic, 2005)

Benny Golson, Terminal 1 (Concord, 2004)

Benny Golson, One Day, Forever (Arkadia Jazz, 1996-2000)

Curtis Fuller, Blues-ette, Pt. 2 (Savoy, 1993)

Jazztet, Moment to Moment (Soul Note, 1983)

Art Blakey, Moanin' (Blue Note, 1957)

Photo Credits

Top Photo: Berbera van den Hoek

Bottom Photo: Belltown

Featured Story: Ed Newman

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