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Golson and Trane Dissed in Philly (circa 1944)

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This article was originally published at All About Jazz in 1999. John Coltrane and Benny Golson stand among the major figures of jazz in the second half of the twentieth century, Coltrane primarily as a player and Golson primarily as a composer. But in 1944 jny: Philadelphia they were teenagers just getting their feet wet, learning tunes and jamming in the Golson living room (at this time Coltrane played alto in the style of Johnny Hodges). Benny was ...


Burlington Discover Jazz Festival 2014

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Burlington Vermont Discover Jazz Festival 2014Burlington, Vermont May 30-June 8, 2014 During Burlington Vermont's Discover Jazz Festival, Vermont's Queen City teems with a level of excitement and activity unusual even for its ceaselessly vibrant environs. And while the Mainstage of the Flynn Performing Arts Center functions as the center of that universe, it is often the case that those performances at the intimate FlynnSpace downstairs, as well as other venues around the city, imbed the most ...


Benny Golson: New Times, New 'Tet & The Best Of

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Benny Golson New Time, New 'Tet Concord 2009 Benny Golson The Best Of Concord 2009

The seductive charm that makes Benny Golson's “Whisper Not" so appealing has not diminished in half a century, as is evident when listening to the two performances found here, one recorded in 1956, the other just ...


Benny Golson: Along Came Benny

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Benny Golson, tenor saxophone stylist and jazz composer of first rank, refuses to rest on his laurels. At almost 80, he's an elder statesman of jazz who could easily cruise and live off the royalties of “I Remember Clifford," “Whisper Not," “Along Came Betty" and others among his 300 compositions. But such a notion is anathema to him.“At this late date, I still find music to be an adventure. There are things that I haven't done yet. I ...


Benny Golson and Curtis Fuller at the Kennedy Center

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Benny Golson and Curtis Fuller Jazz in Our Time Series The Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage Washington D. C. March 7, 2007

The Washington, DC metropolitan area is a curious town for the avid jazz listener. Only one club attracts nationally known musicians on a nightly basis, and it has seemingly altered its booking policy to focus on more commercially viable acts that do not attract the “purist." As a result, some ...

Benny Golson

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You know it's easy to get overlooked in the jazz world today. There are too many musicians on the scene from all over the world. The market is flooded with more new CD's than we can really handle and every day there are dozens of classic reissues showing up to add to the competition. Often if a musician really has something to say musically they are ignored for not fitting in with the style of the day or possibly they're ...


Art Farmer/Benny Golson/Jazztet: The Complete Argo/Mercury Sessions

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Art Farmer/Benny Golson Jazztet The Complete Argo/Mercury Sessions Mosaic Records 2004

Times were different. Back in the '50s and '60s there were jazz bands that we might today call true “super groups, but back then it was just an outgrowth of a particularly fertile period for talent. As a result, there was nothing forced about these kinds of conglomerations and the mending of talents produced a whole which usually was much more than the ...


The Complete Mercury Art Farmer/Benny Golson/Jazztet Sessions

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Art Farmer & Benny Golson The Complete Mercury Art Farmer/Benny Golson/Jazztet Sessions Mosaic Records 2004

Mosaic's 7-disc The Complete Argo/Mercury Art Farmer/Benny Golson/Jazztet Sessions is an extensive dissection of hard-bop's better proponents. In early '59, saxophonist Benny Golson was already playing with a formidable quintet of young players that included pianist McCoy Tyner, trombonist Curtis Fuller, bassist Addison Farmer and drummer Lex Humphries. Once Art Farmer joined Golson's quintet in late '59, Fuller dubbed ...


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