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Benny Golson: Horizon Ahead

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At age eighty-seven, saxophonist Benny Golson is one of the last surviving links to the Golden Age of modern jazz, ushered in by the likes of Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Bud Powell, Kenny Clarke and others in the early '40s. Golson came on the bop scene about a decade later and has been a force ever since, whether playing, composing, arranging, buttressing Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers or leading groups of various sizes. In 1956, Golson wrote “Whisper Not," the first ...

ONE LP

Benny Golson: Dizzy Gillespie Sextet with Dexter Gordon: Blue 'n' Boogie

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Well--I've been around for a long time, and during the time when I got started there were no such things as albums so there were no covers! This was the time of the 78 recording with three minute at tops for each recording so whatever the person was going to present they had to present it within the three minute framework. That's what I grew up with when I started. I had many heroes in the beginning, my ...

MY BLUE NOTE OBSESSION

Benny Golson and the Philadelphians - 1958

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I have hundreds of jazz CDs. I'm a huge fan of bebop, hard bop and all manner of piano playing. Yet I have blind spots in my collection and in my jazz knowledge. The big names are all accounted for. And now that I've been exploring Blue Note's back catalogue--especially the 1950s and '60s--I'm filling in the less-well-known artists. I'm discovering how much I love Lee Morgan, Kenny Dorham, Lou Donaldson and Larry Young. I'm also finding obscurities ...

THE CLUB CAR

Jazz Cruising: A Recipe For Joy

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Blend well: One mid-sized cruise ship with crew 100 or more jazz legends, go-to guys and young lions About 2,000 diverse jazz fans Assorted performance venues, about half a dozen One big band A small army of piano tuners Ports of call (optional) Top with musician interviews and jam sessions Best enjoyed hot Destinations hardly mattered on the annual Jazz Cruise hosted by Entertainment Cruise Productions this past January. In ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...


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