The Best Of Benny Golson

Benny Golson

The Best Of Benny Golson
  • CAT # OJC-31258-25

    1. Whisper Not 6:01
    2. Reunion 7:17
    3. Are You Real 5:40
    4. Blues After Dark 8:38
    5. I Didn't Know What Time It Was 5:26
    6. April In Paris 5:07
    7. Along Came Betty 9:38
    8. Five Spot After Dark 7:34
    9. Killer Joe 6:54

In celebration of the legendary saxophonist/composer's 80th birthday, Concord Music Group proudly presents The Best of Benny Golson -- a career-spanning retrospective of Golson classics, including "Whisper Not," "Along Came Betty," "Are You Real?" and "Killer Joe."

"What sets Benny's compositions apart are their shimmering contrasts. By tempering gorgeous melody lines with provocative harmonies and suspenseful tempos, Benny tugs the reins slightly on beauty, restraining it from going too far. The results are songs you can't wait to hear again and again. As a tenor saxophonist, Benny has recorded with virtually every major jazz artist since the early 1950s. His smoky, aggressive attack snaps eel-like among the melody lines, adding just enough friction to be both pleasing and menacing, which is exactly where true art lives on the instrument." --Marc Myers [from The Best of Benny Golson liner notes]

Features Art Blakey, Ray Bryant, Paul Chambers, Kenny Dorham, Ray Drummond, Art Farmer, Tommy Flanagan, Curtis Fuller, Gigi Gryce, Barry Harris, Eddie Henderson, J.J. Johnson, Wynton Kelly, Marvin "Smitty" Smith, Arthur Taylor, and others.

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