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This Is for You, John

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Jam The Avenue
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Greensleeves
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Origin
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A Chanage Of Heart
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Times Past - This Is For You, John
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Villa
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eMusic Features

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Mr. Mellifluous: A Listener’s Guide to Benny Golson

By Kevin Whitehead, Contributor

Most jazz fans recognize Benny Golson's tunes, even if they don't know who wrote them. Art Blakey played "Blues March" every night for decades, "Stablemates" has been a jam session favorite even longer, and mastering "I Remember Clifford" is a trumpeter's rite of passage. Golson's melodies sound good on their own, and have a way of slyly drawing improvisers in. His tunes have such strong shapes, soloists need only hint at their contours to sound focused… more »

They Say All Music Guide

Dedicated to John Coltrane, with whom Golson jammed in Philadelphia as a teenager, this recording features a two-tenor lineup of Golson and Pharoah Sanders with a stellar rhythm section of pianist Cedar Walton, bassist Ron Carter, and drummer Jack DeJohnette. While Sanders might seem a strange stylistic choice due to his scorching, free-style performances with Coltrane, he is, in fact, the only one of this group who recorded regularly with Coltrane, and he performs here totally within the hard bop context of the recording. Golson carefully chooses the tunes, including the lovely “Greensleeves,” as well as four by Golson and one by Sanders. Most relate to Trane in some way, although Golson wisely eschews any kind of retrospective. Thankfully, too, the saxophonists never engage in any cutting, so the results are uniformly delightful, if somewhat conservative. – Steve Loewy

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