BENNY GOLSON

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Benny Golson (born January 25, 1929) is an American jazz tenor saxophonist, composer, and arranger.

While in high school in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Golson played with several other promising young musicians, including John Coltrane, Red Garland, Jimmy Heath, Percy Heath, Philly Joe Jones, and Red Rodney. After graduating from Howard University Golson joined Bull Moose Jackson's rhythm and blues band; Tadd Dameron, whom Golson came to consider the most important influence on his writing, was Jackson's pianist at the time.

From 1953 to 1959 Golson played with Dameron's band and then with the bands of Lionel Hampton, Johnny Hodges, Earl Bostic, Dizzy Gillespie, and Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers.

Golson was working with the Lionel Hampton band at the Apollo Theater in Harlem in 1956 when he learned that Clifford Brown, a noted and well-liked jazz trumpeter who had done a stint with him in Hampton's band, had died in
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BENNY GOLSON The Modern Touch (aka Reunion) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Modern Touch (aka Reunion)
Hard Bop 1957
BENNY GOLSON Benny Golson's New York Scene album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Benny Golson's New York Scene
Hard Bop 1958
BENNY GOLSON Groovin' With Golson album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Groovin' With Golson
Hard Bop 1959
BENNY GOLSON Benny Golson And The Philadelphians album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Benny Golson And The Philadelphians
Hard Bop 1959
BENNY GOLSON The Other Side Of Benny Golson album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Other Side Of Benny Golson
Hard Bop 1959
BENNY GOLSON Gettin' With It album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Gettin' With It
Hard Bop 1960
BENNY GOLSON Gone With Golson album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Gone With Golson
Hard Bop 1960
BENNY GOLSON Take a Number from 1 to 10 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Take a Number from 1 to 10
Hard Bop 1961
BENNY GOLSON Pop + Jazz = Swing album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Pop + Jazz = Swing
Hard Bop 1962
BENNY GOLSON Free album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Free
Hard Bop 1963
BENNY GOLSON Turning Point album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Turning Point
Hard Bop 1963
BENNY GOLSON Stockholm Sojourn album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Stockholm Sojourn
Hard Bop 1965
BENNY GOLSON Just Jazz! (aka Walkin' ) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Just Jazz! (aka Walkin' )
Hard Bop 1965
BENNY GOLSON Tune in Turn on: to the Hippest Commercials of the Sixties album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Tune in Turn on: to the Hippest Commercials of the Sixties
Exotica 1967
BENNY GOLSON Killer Joe album cover 3.00 | 2 ratings
Killer Joe
RnB 1977
BENNY GOLSON I'm Always Dancin' to the Music album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
I'm Always Dancin' to the Music
Hard Bop 1978
BENNY GOLSON California Message [Featuring Curtis Fuller] album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
California Message [Featuring Curtis Fuller]
Hard Bop 1980
BENNY GOLSON Time Speaks album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Time Speaks
Hard Bop 1985
BENNY GOLSON This Is for You, John album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
This Is for You, John
Hard Bop 1987
BENNY GOLSON Stardust [with Freddie Hubbard] album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Stardust [with Freddie Hubbard]
Hard Bop 1988
BENNY GOLSON Benny Golson's New York Orchestra: Brandenburg Concerto album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Benny Golson's New York Orchestra: Brandenburg Concerto
Third Stream 1989
BENNY GOLSON Up, Jumped, Spring album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Up, Jumped, Spring
Hard Bop 1990
BENNY GOLSON Domingo album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Domingo
Hard Bop 1991
BENNY GOLSON I Remember Miles album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
I Remember Miles
Hard Bop 1993
BENNY GOLSON Ed's Next Move album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Ed's Next Move
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1996
BENNY GOLSON Brown Immortal album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Brown Immortal
Hard Bop 1997
BENNY GOLSON Remembering Clifford album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Remembering Clifford
Hard Bop 1998
BENNY GOLSON Tenor Legacy album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Tenor Legacy
Hard Bop 1998
BENNY GOLSON Benny Golson Funky Quintet: That's Funky album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Benny Golson Funky Quintet: That's Funky
Funk Jazz 2000
BENNY GOLSON One Day, Forever album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
One Day, Forever
Hard Bop 2001
BENNY GOLSON Terminal 1 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Terminal 1
Hard Bop 2004
BENNY GOLSON New Time, New 'Tet album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
New Time, New 'Tet
Hard Bop 2008
BENNY GOLSON Horizon Ahead album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Horizon Ahead
Hard Bop 2016

BENNY GOLSON EPs & splits

BENNY GOLSON I'm Always Dancin' To The Music (Special Disco Version) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
I'm Always Dancin' To The Music (Special Disco Version)
RnB 2018

BENNY GOLSON live albums

BENNY GOLSON Benny Golson Quartet album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Benny Golson Quartet
Hard Bop 1995
BENNY GOLSON Benny Golson Quartet (Laserlight) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Benny Golson Quartet (Laserlight)
Hard Bop 1996
BENNY GOLSON Three Little Words album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Three Little Words
Hard Bop 1997
BENNY GOLSON Up Jumped Benny album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Up Jumped Benny
Hard Bop 1997

BENNY GOLSON demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

BENNY GOLSON re-issues & compilations

BENNY GOLSON Free album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Free
Hard Bop 1998
BENNY GOLSON Free / Turning Point album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Free / Turning Point
Hard Bop 2013
BENNY GOLSON The Classic Albums Collection : 1957-1962 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Classic Albums Collection : 1957-1962
Hard Bop 2017

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BENNY GOLSON Killer Joe

Album · 1977 · RnB
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After a promising early career as a hard bop saxophonist, Benny Golson took a break from jazz for a while and concentrated more on studio work and orchestral arranging. When the money laden late 70s rolled around, Columbia talked Golson into recording as a leader again, only this time instead of his classic bluesy bop, Golson recorded this commercially concerned RnB/jazz side, “Killer Joe”. The title of this album may be confusing to some because Quincey Jones had already recorded a very successful version of Golson’s “Killer”, but the version on this album is a re-make, with an even more campy rap about 70s gangsta pimp Joe.

Along with the “Kller Joe” re-make, side one consists of three grooving numbers that fall right in between funk and disco. All of these songs feature good solos and really aren’t too bad if you like this sort of thing. Fortunately Golson does not discofy his “Killer Joe” re-make, but instead keeps the song’s original walking bass groove. Side two opens with a gratuitous pop ballad that sounds like a generic copy of Peaches and Herb’s hits of the time with its male/female vocal exchange. There is not one Golson solo on this bit of commercial fluff. Once this song is out of the way, the rest of the cuts on side two are some of the best on the album. “Easy all Day Long” is a laid back walkin blues with a great Fender Rhodes solo from Booby Lyle, and “Timbale Rock” really takes off as a Headhunters style funk number with driving Latin percussion.

There are certainly a lot of really bad late 70s commercial jazz records out there, but this is not one of them. I would imagine most Benny Golson fans don’t care much for this one, but if you are looking for the better side of 70s party/jazz, this is a good place to start. One more plus is Golson’s classic 70s style arrangements. Benny was an arranger for crime-jazz soundtracks like “Mannix”, “Irionside” and “Mod Squad”, and all of that comes through in this album’s excellent signature horn charts.

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