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The Benny Golson Songbook

Tenor saxophonist Benny Golson has written some of the most beloved and frequently-played standards in the modern jazz canon.

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Standard-bearer: saxophonist Benny Golson has stamped his identity on the jazz world with numerous standout compositions.

Tenor saxophonist Benny Golson has written some of the most beloved and frequently-played standards in the modern jazz canon. “I Remember Clifford,” “Along Came Betty,” “Whisper Not,” and “Killer Joe” are just a few of the memorable compositions that Golson debuted as a young musician that showcase both his hardbop bite and his penchant for melodic beauty.

“The Benny Golson Songbook” features recordings of Golson’s work from the late 1950s and early 1960s by Art Blakey, Lee Morgan, Dizzy Gillespie, Milt Jackson, and Golson himself, including several recordings made by his and Art Farmer’s group the Jazztet.

Read Jazzwax blogger Marc Myers’ interview with Benny, as well as his recent writeup of two new Golson CDs.

Music Heard On This Episode

Are You Real?
Art Blakey — Moanin' (Blue Note, 1958)
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Are You Real?
Art Blakey — Moanin' (Blue Note, 1958)
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Stablemates
Benny Golson — Benny Golson and the Philadelphians (United Artists/Blue Note, 1958)

Notes: With Lee Morgan on trumpet.

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Where Am I?
Lee Morgan — Volume 2 (Blue Note, 1956)
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Out of the Past
Dizzy Gillespie — The Greatest Trumpet of Them All (Verve, 1957)

Notes: With Golson on tenor sax, Henry Coker on trombone, and Ray Bryant on piano.

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Along Came Betty
Art Blakey — Moanin' (Blue Note, 1958)
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Blues March
The Jazztet — Meet the Jazztet (MCA, 1960)

Notes: Midpoint music bed. Also available on the Mosaic Records Jazztet box-set.

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Whisper Not
Milt Jackson — Bags' Opus (Blue Note, 1958)
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Five Spot After Dark
The Jazztet — Meet the Jazztet (MCA, 1960)
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Killer Joe
The Jazztet — Meet the Jazztet (MCA, 1960)
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Park Avenue Petite
The Jazztet — Meet the Jazztet (MCA, 1960)
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I Remember Clifford
The Jazztet — Meet the Jazztet (MCA, 1960)
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Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, David Brent Johnson moved to Bloomington in 1991. He is an alumnus of Indiana University, and began working with WFIU in 2002. Currently, David serves as jazz producer and systems coordinator at the station. His interests include literature, history, music, writing, and movies.

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