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The third of Bennie Green's three Prestige albums from 1955-1956 features the personable trombonist in a quintet with the young tenor-saxophonist Eric Dixon (here showing a strong Paul Gonsalves influence), and an obscure but swinging rhythm section (composed of pianist Lloyd Mayers, bassist Sonny Wellesley, and drummer Bill English). The solos are colorful if occasionally stumbling, and the arrangements of the four standards and Green's "East of the Little Big Horn" have their share of surprises; "Walkin'" and "The Things We Did Last Summer" are taken at two different tempos while "It's You or No One," normally a ballad, really cooks.


Born: April 16, 1923 in Chicago, IL

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '50s, '60s

Bennie Green was one of the few trombonists of the 1950s who played in a style not influenced by J.J. Johnson (Bill Harris was another). His witty sound and full tone looked backwards to the swing era yet was open to the influence of R&B. After playing locally in Chicago, he was with the Earl Hines Orchestra during 1942-1948 (except for two years in the military). Green gained some fame for his work with Charlie Ventura (1948-1950) before joining Earl Hines' small group (1951-1953). He then led his...
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Walking Down, Bennie Green
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Bop
  • Released: Jun 29, 1956

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