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Benny Green: Then And Now

Read "Then And Now" reviewed by Maurizio Zerbo


L'interesse del cinquantacinquenne pianista statunitense è qui rivolto a recuperare la migliore lezione della fusion, in voga negli Settanta. Quella di Chick Corea, Bob James e Hubert Laws, solo per fare qualche nome, che flirtava felicemente con il jazz e la musica brasiliana all'insegna della distesa ma squisita musicalità. Ne discende un progetto di grande piacevolezza, soprattutto nelle note lunghe e trasognate del flauto, in un bell'intreccio polifonico con la vocalist Veronica Swift. È questo il vero valore aggiunto del ...

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Benny Green: Live in Santa Cruz

Read "Live in Santa Cruz" reviewed by Luigi Sforza


Di sicuro Benny Green è un pianista dalle eccellenti doti. Vulcanico, inventivo, tecnicamente impeccabile, in Live in Santa Cruz Green declina in maniera eccelsa il linguaggio tradizionale del jazz. Elaborate con gusto e senso della melodia, le nove tracce del disco dichiarano la loro appartenenza al mondo hard bop. Nel fraseggiare con scioltezza e decisione insieme, Green elargisce generosamente cascate di note, che in un profluvio di sequenze sonore creano un sound muscolare e pulsante. Che si tratti di medium ...

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Benny Green: Happiness!

Read "Happiness!" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Happiness is listening to Benny Green. He brings joie de vivre to the piano keys with his Herculean chops, in-the-pocket soulfulness, and tight arrangements, all of which can be heard in spades on this live date. The scene for this spirited recording was the Kuumbwa Jazz Center--a gem of a venue in California that's been a near-annual stop for Green for more than three decades. This particular event, taking place in June of 2016, found him in ...

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Benny Green: Live In Santa Cruz

Read "Live In Santa Cruz" reviewed by Mark Corroto


We hope you've made the journey these past thirty plus years with pianist Benny Green. From hotshot young lion to keeper of the jazz flame he has consistently electrified audiences with his live performances. Live In Santa Cruz recorded at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center follows up on a recording he made as bassist Ray Brown's sideman twenty years ago. Green built a career, first as an apprentice to Betty Carter, then Art Blakey, Freddie Hubbard, then Brown. His career as ...

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Benny Green: Source

Read "Source" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff


In una carriera trentennale Benny Green ha inciso oltre un centinaio dischi come sideman ma poco più di una decina da leader. Dalla prima metà degli anni duemila, quando realizzò i lavori in duo col chitarrista Russell Malone (Jazz at the Bistro del 2002 e Bluebird del 2004) il pianista non entrava in sala incisione e se cerchiamo un precedente in trio bisogna risalire a These Are Soulful Days del 1999. Presentando questo lavoro, lo stesso Green scrive nelle note ...

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Benny Green Trio: Source

Read "Source" reviewed by Larry Taylor


Benny Green, now 48, is entering his middle years. Early on he was hailed as a budding master; today he has fully blossomed into one of the jazz world's finest pianists. Equally comfortable with a fast-paced piece and or a sensitive ballad, he is a go-to guy for sessions as back-up or leader. His last recordings were as a co-leader, in duo with guitarist Russell Malone, hailed for the exquisite interplay of Jazz at The Bistro (2003) and Bluebird (2004), ...

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Benny Green: Source

Read "Source" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


Pianist Benny Green has not been in the studio leading a recording date since his collaboration with Russell Malone, Bluebird (Telarc, 2004). Far from stagnating, Green has most recently been found providing support on recordings like Hilary Kole's You Are There (Justin Time, 2010), Kenny Burrell's Be Yourself (HighNote , 2010) and Anat Cohen's Clarinetworks: Live at the Village Vanguard All this adds up to his attractiveness to Jazz Legacy Productions, a label that specializes in recording ...


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