Benny Golson Group
Remembering Clifford, Milestone CD MCD-9278-2, 1998
The "Clifford" of the album title is trumpeter
Clifford Brown, the jazz trumpeter who died in 1956. Golson not only
remembers Brown for the music he left behind, but also because they
both played together in Tadd Damerons band. For Golson, Brown was
both a peer and a friend. In tribute to Brown, Golson opens up this
recording with a song called "Brown Immortal," which
announces to all that Browns inspiring influence will never fade
away. This softly swinging tune spotlights Golsons aged smoky
tenor tones. Golson is joined by Ron Blake on tenor saxophone, John
Swana filling the big shoes on trumpet, Mike Ledonne at the piano,
Peter Washington on bass and Joe Farnsworth on drums.
But Clifford Brown is not the only musician to receive a tribute
on this release. Percussionist Tito Puente also joins in on his own
party for a song called, simply enough, "Tito Puente." With
it, pianist Mike Ledonne really shines. Momentum carries him swiftly,
like a raft on the roaring rapids, through one memorable solo turn at
the songs beginning.
The album closes with the almost orchestral "Ever
More," which once again presses home the point that the music of
Clifford Brown (and of all great musicians, for that matter) is
everlasting, which is always a good reminder for our
short-attention-span generation. Dan MacIntosh
Gregory Tardy, tenor saxophone; Tom Harrell or Russell Gunn,
trumpet; Mulgrew Miller or Aaron Goldberg, piano; Reginald Veal, bass;
Eric Harland, drums.
Produced by Steven Schenfeld; recorded and Mixed by Joe Ferla.
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