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MY BLUE NOTE OBSESSION

Bennie Green: Soul Stirrin’ - 1958

Read "Bennie Green: Soul Stirrin’ - 1958" reviewed by Marc Davis

In the 1950s, Blue Note was a reliable bastion of hard bop. Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers set the tone, and dozens of artists--some famous, some not--followed. But Blue Note also had small oases of not-bop, often by artists you've never heard of. Bennie Green is one of those guys, and if you haven't heard him, you should. Specifically, you should hear Soul Stirrin'. This is a bluesy, almost pre-bop record. Green plays trombone, but ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Bennie Green: Mosaic Select 3: Bennie Green

Read "Mosaic Select 3: Bennie Green" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

As Mosaic’s ingenious new series of reissues continues, we come to an artist where the approach seems certainly tailor made. Trombone man Bennie Green bridged the gap between swing era stylists and bop practitioners, making him somewhat of an enigma in the eyes and ears of the casual jazz follower. As such, he has not received recognition commensurate with his undeniable talents.

It’s even curious that Blue Note front man Alfred Lion stuck with Green for as ...


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