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Album Review

Green's first-ever fully unaccompanied outing is a knockout — not a conceptual revolution by any means, but a stylistic triumph and an all-around good time. Like Marcus Roberts, Green is a latter-day master of stride piano, and right off the bat he wows listeners with his skills on "I've Heard That Song Before" and "I Wish You Love" before quieting down with "Someone to Watch Over Me." Green's playing spills over with adventurous, perfectly resolved phrases, crystalline melodies, and controlled dissonance, not to mention a tremendous amount of human spirit. Sticking to standard repertoire (with the exception of the original title track), Green also rummages through other old songs like "Just You, Just Me," "Misty," and "Ain't Misbehavin'," effortlessly creating beauty as he goes. He closes with two Ellington classics, "It Don't Mean a Thing" and "I Got It Bad"; the former is interpolated with Gershwin's "It Ain't Necessarily So" and tagged with a variation on Charlie Parker's "Now's the Time." ~ David R. Adler, Rovi

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Benny's awesome

I saw Benny Green live at a jazz festival pretty recently and he's great. Really consider purchasing his CD.


Not only is Benny Green the sweetest and humblest man I have ever met, he is also one of the greatest piano players in jazz today. This record shows off his flabbergasting chops and ridiculous sense of swing (check out Green's Blues, the track, most laid back solo piano recording I've ever heard). I had the honor of receiving a lesson from him and he was so incredibly nice and insightful. Hey Benny, if you're read this, Chris from Centrum says hi, and thanks for an amazing lesson!


Born: April 4, 1963 in New York, NY

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Although not yet an innovator himself, Benny Green has managed to combine the styles of Bobby Timmons, Wynton Kelly, Gene Harris, and especially Oscar Peterson in his playing; his fast octave runs are often wondrous. He grew up in Berkeley and played as a teenager with Joe Henderson and Woody Shaw. After moving to New York, he spent important periods with Betty Carter (1983-1987) and Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers (1987-1989), becoming quite well-known during the latter association. In addition to...
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: May 22, 2001

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