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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 22, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Telarc
  • ASIN: B00004WFMC
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #474,691 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Benny Green is joined here by guitarist Russell Malone and bassist Christian McBride, the same stellar trio that was on his previous CD, These Are Soulful Days, in 1999. While that CD was devoted to covers of classic Blue Note tunes, this one features five Green originals and four jazz standards, many of them drenched in the blues. The instrumentation will immediately suggest the early Oscar Peterson trios with Ray Brown on bass and a series of great guitarists. Green has been influenced by Peterson, to be sure, and has even recorded duets with him. He was a long-standing member of Brown's trio, and, like Oscar, doesn't need a rhythm section to swing. But Green is increasingly his own man, and what really stands out here is his strong connection with another jazz-piano lineage. "Pittsburgh Brethren" has the soulful directness of Horace Silver or Bobby Timmons, while "Beg Your Parlan," dedicated to Horace Parlan, adds a strongly Monkish caste. The trio interacts with effervescent swing and a well-developed sense of space, comfortably shifting roles to let Malone and McBride shine along with the leader. "Grooveyard," composed by pianist Carl Perkins, is a highlight, with Malone's solo taking surprising turns. The trio performances are bracketed by Green solos, bouncing, joyous renditions of Duke Ellington's "Love You Madly" and Wayne Shorter's "Lester Left Town." --Stuart Broomer

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By P. Pearce on August 23, 2000
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This new release by Benny Green's trio of jazz legends in the making is outstanding. This reminds one of the early Oscar Peterson trio with Herb Ellis on guitar. Bassist Mcbride is no stranger to Green, having recorded and played with him in the past and this offering is another stellar opportunity for this magnificent bass player to display his talent. Malone plays smoothly and swings like always. The star of this trio is young Mr. Green who is a protege of pianist Peterson, who must be pleased with this excellent recording. Congratulations to all three on a swinging CD. Recommended especially for fans of Oscar Peterson and Ray Brown; if this is your first Benny Green purchase - you have a treat in store!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By a on August 26, 2000
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This is so far the best I've heard from B. Green. He also plays three excellent solo piano pieces here. All in all it is a CD I will probably listen to quite often.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Curtis Cunningham on July 12, 2008
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great feel on these tracks, great tunes, nice pace, rhythmically interesting, and makes a wonderful play along for drummers!
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Karl W. Nehring on July 11, 2009
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Pianist Benny Green is accompanied on this recording by guitarist Russell Malone and bassist Christian McBride. Unfortunately, the set gets off to a bad start with Green playing a solo version of Duke Ellington's "Love You Madly." The music sounds stiff, awkwardly inflected, and after about 20 seconds, you just can't wait to get to the next cut, but this first cut lasts for 5:05, which seems to be about 5:00 too long. Things get better when McBride and Malone join in, but not much better.

I had tried a previous Benny Green CD release on another label (These Are Soulful Days), and found it one of the more boring jazz recordings I had heard in quite some time; I was willing to give Green another chance with his Telarc debut as a leader, but this one is even harder to listen through. His phrasing (as on cut 3, "Pittsburgh Brethren") just sounds so stiff, almost clumsy, that it makes the music almost annoying to listen to.

Believe me, I have nothing personally against Mr. Green; for all I know, this is perhaps the way the music is supposed to be phrased. If so, all I can say is that I wish he had chosen some other, more enjoyable, kind of music to play. The sound quality (DSD-originated) is excellent.
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