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Album Review

This is an ambitious project that works quite well. Tenor-saxophonist Bennie Wallace, a flexible player able to range from swing to free jazz, clearly has fun matching wits on two or three songs apiece with guest tenors Harold Ashby, Jerry Bergonzi, Lew Tabackin and altoist Oliver Lake. Assisted by guitarist John Scofield, bassist Eddie Gomez and drummer Dannie Richmond on this Japanese import CD (which has been available domestically), Wallace is heard at his best battling Tabackin and Bergonzi although he keeps up with the radical flights of Lake too. In addition to "You Go To My Head," six Wallace originals and two Duke Ellington tunes are performed. Well worth searching for.


Born: 18 November 1946 in Chattanooga, TN

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Bennie Wallace has long had his own unique style, combining together the raspy tone of Ben Webster with the frequent wide interval jumps of Eric Dolphy. He has an explorative style that sound-wise looks back toward the swing era. Wallace started on clarinet when he was 12 and a few years later switched to tenor. He graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1968, and in 1971 moved to New York, where he debuted with Monty Alexander. Wallace gigged with Sheila Jordan, played with many avant-garde...
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The Art of the Saxophone, Bennie Wallace
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  • 8,91 €
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: 1987

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