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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 ...

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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 ...

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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

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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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Benny Golson: Terminal 1

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Benny Golson's Terminal 1 is a commemorative album to Steven Spielberg's latest film, The Terminal, in which Golson plays himself: a legendary jazz saxophonist from whom Tom Hanks' character is trying to get an autograph.

On Terminal 1, 75-year-old hard-bopper Golson looks and plays just as fresh as he did in his younger days with Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, where the saxophonist wrote one of the Messenger's most popular tunes, “Blues March." Golson's youthful and vigorous playing on Terminal 1 is aided by bassist Buster Williams and trumpeter Eddie Henderson, who got their big break with Herbie Hancock ...

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Benny Golson: Terminal 1

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Benny Golson Terminal 1 Concord 2004

Benny Golson is indisputably a fine tenor saxophonist, but at the end of his already long career he will probably be best remembered for the quality and breadth of his songwriting. His compositions have run the gamut, from scores for television and film to jazz standards such as “Killer Joe” and the bittersweet dirge “I Remember Clifford;” and with the exception of this last, they are often more memorable than the projects or events that occasioned them.

Terminal 1 , Golson’s Concord Records ...

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Benny Golson: Setting Standards

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Great jazz artists have always set themselves apart in two areas: They display a highly developed degree of instrumental prowess, coupled with an unmistakably individual voice. Far more elusive, however, is that proverbial needle in the haystack: the jazz player who not only speaks with 'lan, but also composes his own distinctive material. One of the few remaining jazz luminaries to belong to this latter, more select pack is Benny Golson, known not only for his robust tenor saxophone stylings, but also because he composed such renowned standards as “Killer Joe," “I Remember Clifford," “Blues March," and “Stablemates." ...

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Benny Golson: Setting Standards

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Great jazz artists have always set themselves apart in two areas: They display a highly developed degree of instrumental prowess, coupled with an unmistakably individual voice. Far more elusive, however, is that proverbial needle in the haystack: the jazz player who not only speaks with 'lan, but also composes his own distinctive material. One of the few remaining jazz luminaries to belong to this latter, more select pack is Benny Golson, known not only for his robust tenor saxophone stylings, but also because he composed such renowned standards as “Killer Joe," “I Remember Clifford," “Blues March," and “Stablemates." ...

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Benny Golson Quintet: That's Funky

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Looking back past the rule of Parliament to the age of Horace Silver, Benny Golson’s That's Funky pays tribute to Louis Armstrong through two renditions of his popular favorite “Mack the Knife." While the opening “funky version" starts off a bit sluggish and includes some pinched soloing by Nat Adderley, Monty Alexander’s firm comps make it swing and Golson’s smooth lines give it at least three pennies worth of class. On the “modern bebop version," Adderley’s lines are much more reminiscent of Satchmo’s muted melodies. Tributes to Golson’s Jazz Messenger cohorts include a punchy cover of Lee Morgan’s “Sidewinder" and ...

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Benny Golson: One Day, Forever

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Benny Golson’s latest Arkadia release, One Day, Forever, arose from a taping of some of Golson’s previous band members from the Jazztet: Art Farmer and Curtis Fuller. At the end of a European tour, they were so rushed they that they didn’t record long enough to fill an entire CD. Arkadia owner Bob Karcy kept the tape in the can, and he and Golson kept that recording in mind, in the intervening five years, during which Farmer passed. After Golson wrote some new original music, it was agreed that the tapes from the “Whisper Not – 40 Years Of Benny ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Benny Golson Funky Quintet: That

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Part 1: Way Back When. I had a colleague that always insisted that the Creedence Clearwater Revival’s recording Green River sounded better on vinyl than remastered for compact disc. I compared the two and I found this to be true, but probably not for any sonic reasons. Analog recordings are almost always warmer and rounder than their digital counterparts. There is something about that slightly “muddy” sound (and if you are wondering what I mean by that, listen to the Rolling Stones’ Exile On Main Street on vinyl) that makes me and many other listeners comfortable. The analog sound is ...

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Benny Golson: I Remember Miles

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A Pleasant Surprise. I had been anticipating the release of Shirley Horn's tribute to Miles Davis, I Remember Miles, when I was searching a popular internet music source. I searched on the title and up popped this hitherto unknown to this writer tribute from tenorist Benny Golson. As the Horn disc had not yet been released, I ordered this one. You know, one should have expected this from the composer of “I Remember Clifford." The History Channel. Had Eric Clapton recorded no other music than Layla, he would have been no less revered. The same is true for ...



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