Wednesday, 26 August 2009

Benny Golson “This Is For You, John”

Benny Golson

This Is For You, John”
( LP Timeless Records, 1987 )
Catalog # SJP 235

A1 – Jam The Avenue
A2 – Greensleeves
A3 – Origin
A4 – A Chance Of Heart
B1 – Times Past (This Is For You, John)
B2 – Page 12
B3 – Vilia

Personnel & Credits:
Artwork By [Cover Design] – Heyqlow Kobayashi
Artwork By [Cover Illustration] – Yasuo Yagi
Bass – Ron Carter
Drums – Jack Dejohnette
Engineer [Assistant] – Rebecca Everette
Engineer [Recording] – David Baker
Executive Producer – Makoto Kimata
Photography – David Tan
Piano – Cedar Walton
Producer – Benny Golson , Fumimaru Kawashima
Saxophone [Tenor] – Benny Golson , Pharoah Sanders

Recorded December 20-21, 1983 at Vanguard Studio, New York City.
1987 Timeless Records

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.
By Steven Loewy (AMG)

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