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Benny Green: Source (2011)

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Pianist Benny Green has not been in the studio leading a recording date since his collaboration with Russell Malone
Russell Malone
Russell Malone
b.1963
guitar, electric
, Bluebird (Telarc, 2004). Far from stagnating, Green has most recently been found providing support on recordings like Hilary Kole
Hilary Kole
Hilary Kole

vocalist
's You Are There (Justin Time, 2010), Kenny Burrell
Kenny Burrell
Kenny Burrell
b.1931
guitar
's Be Yourself (HighNote , 2010) and Anat Cohen
Anat Cohen
Anat Cohen

sax, tenor
's Clarinetworks: Live at the Village Vanguard

All this adds up to his attractiveness to Jazz Legacy Productions, a label that specializes in recording those artists without contract, or who are under-recorded. For this date, Green is joined by bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington - Vocals
Kenny Washington - Vocals
Kenny Washington - Vocals
b.1957
vocalist
. Both Washingtons had previously recorded with Green, but not together. Recently, the trio performed together in Japan, Kenny Washington convincing Green to pursue the working chemistry of the trio. Source is the result of that working chemistry.

Green decided on a play list that included compositions from many of the finest bebop and hard bop pianists, among them Bud Powell
Bud Powell
Bud Powell
1924 - 1966
piano
("Tempus Fugit"), Sonny Clark
Sonny Clark
Sonny Clark
1931 - 1963
piano
("Blue Minor"), Horace Silver
Horace Silver
Horace Silver
1928 - 2014
piano
("Opus de Funk") and Kenny Drew
Kenny Drew
Kenny Drew
1928 - 1993
piano
("Cool Green"). Green also pays and plays homage to trumpeters Dizzy Gillespie
Dizzy Gillespie
Dizzy Gillespie
1917 - 1993
trumpet
("I Waited for You") and Donald Byrd
Donald Byrd
Donald Byrd
1932 - 2013
trumpet
("Little T"). Conspicuously absent from Green influences is former employer Ray Brown
Ray Brown
Ray Brown
1926 - 2002
bass, acoustic
, with whom Green recorded in the middle-to-late 1990s. Brown's "Dejection Blues" would have gone far for Green.

Green's playing is exact and exemplary. He plays and solos precisely, as do the Washingtons, when called upon. This disc displays the art of the piano trio as it lies somewhere between the bandstand and the stage. It is not played so reverently to be consigned to a museum gathering dust but is played reverently enough to pay proper homage to those composers it represents.


Track Listing: Blue Minor; Way 'Cross Town; I Waited For You; Little T; Cool Green; Tempus Fugit; Park Avenue Petite; Chant; Born To Be Blue; Opus De Funk.

Personnel: Benny Green: piano; Peter Washington: bass; Kenny Washington: drums.

Record Label: Jazz Legacy Productions

Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


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