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Pushing 80, saxophonist and composer Benny Golson leads a new sextet on this pleasing 2009 release. Golson was a key member of Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers and led the Jazztet with trumpeter Art Farmer in the ‘60s. New Time, New ‘Tet includes originals along with a varied set of covers by composers as different as Thelonious Monk (“Epistrophy”), El Debarge, from the ‘80s R&B group DeBarge, (“Love Me In a Special Way”), and Giuseppe Verdi (“Verdi’s Voice”). The band — trumpeter Eddie Henderson, trombonist Steve Davis, pianist Mike LeDonne, bassist Buster Williams, and drummer Carl Allen — handles Golson’s postbop stylings with great aplomb. (Henderson and Williams were both members of Herbie Hancock’s Mwandishi-era group, a sextet with a very different sound.) The group’s refined-but-not-fussy approach is often low-key, while retaining a bluesy, soulful bite. Golson’s arranging skills are on full display on the album’s reincarnation of “Gypsy Jingle-Jangle,” and the band shows its lush side on the gorgeous ballad, “From Dream to Dream.” Special guest Al Jarreau lends his vocals to a version of Golson’s often-covered “Whisper Not.”

Customer Reviews

Benny keeps playing!

Great to see some "older" cats still playing and playing very well indeed. Buster is still my main man on bass and Eddie and Carl are as strong as ever on trumpet and drums respectively. Mike and Steve are a bit younger I think, but they have great chops. Very good modern jazz played by some masters!

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WOW! Golson Strong As Ever!

I am lucky to say that I had the pleasure of getting to hear Benny Golson play at the Symphony Center. With this Album Benny Golson shows that he can play and compose songs as good as ever. Eddie Henderson also really cooks on this album. I would definately get this album, do not miss your chance to listen to one of the jazz greats on a CD with many of his own compositions. The only track I don't care for is Whisper Not just because I would rather listen to his group play than hear a singer. It's nothing against Al Jarreau. This CD is a great buy, and I recommend it for all jazz lovers.


Born: January 25, 1929 in Philadelphia, PA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Benny Golson is a talented composer/arranger whose tenor playing has continued to evolve with time. After attending Howard University (1947-1950) he worked in Philadelphia with Bull Moose Jackson's R&B band (1951) at a time when it included one of his writing influences, Tadd Dameron on piano. Golson played with Dameron for a period in 1953, followed by stints with Lionel Hampton (1953-1954), and Johnny Hodges and Earl Bostic (1954-1956). He came to prominence while with Dizzy Gillespie's globetrotting...
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