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Benny Golson's New York Scene

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Audio CD, July 1, 1991
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1. Something In B Flat
2. Whisper Not
3. Step Lightly
4. Just By Myself
5. Blues It
6. You're Mine, You
7. Capri
8. B.G.'s Holiday

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  • Audio CD (July 1, 1991)
  • Label: Contemporary/OJC
  • ASIN: B00000E0IQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,407,370 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Daniel J. McGarigle on August 9, 2001
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This album contains some timelessly beautiful music from the greatly inspired players in Benny Golson's tightly knit quintet.
Golson's classic "WHISPER NOT" is an immortal melody that has been presented by many groups. The reason for so many playings by others is that ever so many people immediately "clicked" and understood the beautiful complexities of the original melody. On this, the original presentation of "Whisper Not", the Art Farmer/Benny Golson Jazztet ( with Wynton Kelly, Paul Chambers and Charlie Persip ) was augmented by four addtional horns (Julius Watkins' French Horn, James Cleveland's trombone, Sahib Shihab's baritone saxophone and Gigi Gryce's also saxophone. Benny's arrangement shows how clearly he new that the great melody would be even more facinating with seven horns, and he was right ! .... "Whisper Not" is a deep treasure.
The whole album is filled with Golson's masterful touches that provided so much to American jazz... Golson's later film scores all stand on the bedrock work that he did on this album,, which made many a " hot request list " on the radio stations.
This album is just like any piece of pure beauty - your soul will bell to it from the very first few notes, because while the experience of beauty cannot be described with words, we all know what the "beauty factor" is.
Hearing this album takes one to that timeless place of beauty.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Emmett T. McQueen on June 12, 1998
Format: Audio CD
Benny Golson known mostly now for Hollywood scores and studio work was no slouch as far as playing chops went back in 1957.
This CD has several original compositions including an often recorded "Whisper Not". The opener, written by Ray Bryant, "Something In B Flat" is a cooker described by Golson..."[as] a type of melody that an instrumentalist might devise while ad-libbing..." Nice solo by Art Farmer.
Golson's "Step Lightly" has that feeling of walking on eggshells. A real moody tune.
The melody and ensemble work on "Just By Myself" is very nice. This tune is typical of tunes on this interesting and well thought out composition. Golson's groups do not slack off and rely on "jazz formula" ie: play the head, take solos, trade fours, yada yada. His music holds your interest. Nice writing.
The album is essentially two groups: The Benny Golson Quintet (BG, Art Farmer, Wynton Kelly, Paul Chambers, and Chas Persip) and the quintet plus Gigi Gryce, Sahib Shihab, James Cleveland and Julius Watkins on French horn.
Benny plays nice and Websterish on the ballad "You're Mine You". There's some Lucky Thompson in his playing too.
Chas Persip gives the Gigi Gryce tune "Capri" that big band feel with solid drumming. One of the best Art farmer solos is heard here.
"Benny Golson's New York Scene" was recorded in 1957 for the Contemporary label. They produced so many gems its hard not to get a winner like this one certainly is.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jazzcat on September 30, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is a spectacular Benny Golson's album from 1957. You can buy it with confidence. It's the Jazz golden era and Golson was really one of the most mature Jazz writer and player of the time. No better. He is one of the father of modern jazz. This sounds as a better and more correct statement. The first two tunes are good enough to justify the price of this cd. "Something in Bb" is a fast swinger, a line on the common 32 bars rhytmn changes form (or something really really close) by Ray Bryant. The second tune is "Whisper not" one of the most famous tunes written by Golson. A wonderful muscular ballad I might called it. The program continues with "Step lightly" another Golson's original, light and swinging as a spring breeze. Golson was one of the best Jazz writers for sure. "Just by myself" is another fine line by Golson written for an medium up tempo swinger. "Blues it" is obviously a blues, it opens as a minor blues but in the solos section it becomes major. An unusual device. The line is one of the Golson's cool ones. Slow and funky. With "You're mine you" we enter in standards and ballads territory. Golson was not only an incredible writer , he was also a terrific tenor. On this ballad he proves his taste. Untouchable. "Capri" is an hard bop theme by Gigi Gryce another sax player (he was an alto) often linked to Golson. The album closes with "B.G. Holiday" another hard bop theme by Golson this time with a special warm quality in it. What can I add more. Yes, the line up.Wynton Kelly at te piano, Charlie Persip drums, Paul chambers doublebass. Art Farmer on trumpet is the other solo voice of this typical fifties combo.Read more ›
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By N. Dorward on January 17, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Les Koenig's Contemporary Records was one of the shrewdest jazz labels in the 1950s & 1960s, recording many classic West Coast sessions and also keeping an eye out for interesting new sounds--both Ornette Coleman & Cecil Taylor had early releases on the label. This 1957 album, like some of the others on the label in this period (like the Taylor) was put together by critic Nat Hentoff; I believe it's Golson's first date as a leader, & features two tunes of his that had already become well-known in recordings by other musicians ("Whisper Not" was recorded by Dizzy Gillespie's big band; "Step Lightly" by the Roach/Brown quintet). I've always loved Golson's combination of intricate, elegant composing/arranging and a wild & raw solo approach (in the liners he namechecks Don Byas & Lucky Thompson as influences; Coleman Hawkins is also in there). The band here is a quintet (his frequent partner Art Farmer on trumpet; Wynton Kelly, Paul Chambers & Charlie Persip in the rhythm section), augmented by extra horns on a few tracks, including the wonderful Julius Watkins on French horn & the Parkerish alto of Gigi Gryce (who also contributes the tune "Capri").

Somehow the results seem a little underachieved given the excellent cast of musicians--nothing wrong with it, but it's one of those albums where the arrangements, though excellent in themselves, seem to damp things down rather than pushing the soloists to new heights. The best moment, in fact, is the one straightforward head-solos-head track, a tenor+rhythm reading of "You're Mine You".
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