Benny Golson – The Modern Touch


Benny Golson’s second album as a leader is a solid hard bop date featuring the tenorman in a quintet with trumpeter Kenny Dorham, pianist Wynton Kelly, bassist Paul Chambers and drummer Max Roach. The all-star group performs three Golson originals (none of which really caught on), a pair of Gigi Gryce tunes (best known is “Hymn to the Orient”) and the standard “Namely You.” Excellent playing on an above-average set that defines the modern mainstream of 1957 jazz.

Benny Golson Sextet: Benny Golson (tenor saxophone); Kenny Dorham (trumpet); J.J. Johnson (trombone); Wynton Kelly (piano); Paul Chambers (bass); Max Roach (drums).


01. Out Of The Past
02. Reunion
03. Venetian Breeze
04. Hymn To The Orient
05. Namely You
06. Blues On Down

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