BENNY GOLSON — Killer Joe

Jazz music community with review and forums

BENNY GOLSON - Killer Joe cover
3.00 | 2 ratings | 1 review
Buy this album from MMA partners

Album · 1977

Filed under RnB
By BENNY GOLSON

Tracklist

A1 Hesitation 4:18
A2 Walkin' And Stalkin' 5:06
A3 Love Uprising 3:54
A4 The New Killer Joe Rap 2:34
A5 The New Killer Joe 5:38
B1 I'll Do It All With You 5:35
B2 Easy All Day Long 6:30
B3 Timbale Rock 6:35
B4 Tomorrow, Paradise 2:01

Line-up/Musicians

Benny Golson (tenor sax),
Farmer (trumpet),
Curtis Fuller (trombone),
McCoy Tyner (piano),
Addison Farmer (bass),
Lex Humphries (drums)

About this release

Columbia – PC 34678

Thanks to snobb for the addition

Buy BENNY GOLSON - KILLER JOE music

More places to buy metal & BENNY GOLSON music

BENNY GOLSON KILLER JOE reviews

Specialists/collaborators reviews

js
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.

Members reviews

No BENNY GOLSON KILLER JOE reviews posted by members yet.

Ratings only

  • Fant0mas

Write/edit review

You must be logged in to write or edit review

JMA TOP 5 Jazz ALBUMS

Rating by members, ranked by custom algorithm
Albums with 30 ratings and more
A Love Supreme Post Bop
JOHN COLTRANE
Buy this album from our partners
Kind of Blue Cool Jazz
MILES DAVIS
Buy this album from our partners
The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady Progressive Big Band
CHARLES MINGUS
Buy this album from our partners
My Favorite Things Hard Bop
JOHN COLTRANE
Buy this album from our partners

New Jazz Artists

New Jazz Releases

Event Horizon Post Bop
EVENT HORIZON
Buy this album from MMA partners
Workingman’s Dead : The Angel’s Share Jazz Related Rock
GRATEFUL DEAD
Buy this album from MMA partners
First Rose of Spring Pop/Art Song/Folk
WILLIE NELSON
Buy this album from MMA partners
Lockdown Sessions Fusion
MARK WIBBERLEY
Buy this album from MMA partners
More new releases

New Jazz Online Videos

Blue Star
WILLIE NELSON
js· 4 hours ago
Butterfly
MARK WIBBERLEY
js· 8 hours ago
And the Devil Too
SUGAR BLUE
js· 2 days ago
The Light That Shines
PATCHWORK JAZZ ORCHESTRA
js· 2 days ago
More videos

New JMA Jazz Forum Topics

More in the forums

New Site interactions

More...

Latest Jazz News

members-submitted

More in the forums

Social Media

Follow us