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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 indelible memories of the week-plus run. With all due respect to headliners such as Tony Bennett and Donald Harrison, 2014 ...


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 last year. The latter, with Al Jarreau singing the Leonard Feather lyrics with surprising sensitivity, comes from Golson's latest version ...


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 don't want to look at what happened, I want to look at what's coming up. When I wake up, 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 of the most attractive venues are outside of the traditional listening context. For example, the Smithsonian's IMAX Jazz Café offers ...

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 looked at as just too old or too normal. A jazz life is surely not an easy one. The great ...


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 sum of its parts. Such was the case with the Jazztet, a heavyweight ensemble briefly co-led by trumpeter Art Farmer ...


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 the new formation, the Jazztet. Meant to rival the popular, blues infused jazz sounds of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers and ...

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