Benny Golson On Piano Jazz

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Saxophonist and composer Benny Golson began studying piano as a child, but was soon seduced by the tenor-saxophone sounds he heard on jazz records. He gained recognition as a composer when he joined Dizzy Gillespie‘s big band, and he went on to form a hard-bop group called The Jazztet with trumpeter Art Farmer. Golson has devoted much of his time to jazz education and continues to record and tour regularly.

On this episode of Piano Jazz from 2006, host Marian McPartland and bassist Rufus Reid join Golson to perform “Along Came Betty” and “I Remember Clifford.”

Originally broadcast in the winter of 2006.

Set List
  • “Pierre’s Moment” (Golson)
  • “Along Came Betty” (Golson)
  • “I Remember Clifford” (Golson)
  • “Prelude To A Kiss” (Ellington, Gordon, Mills)
  • “Sweet Georgia Brown” (Bernie, Casey, Pinkard)
  • “Cherry” (Redman, Gilbert)
  • “Blues In D Flat” (Golson)
  • “Whisper Not” (Golson)
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