"One of the greatest artists our country has is Benny Golson. He is not only a great musician, but an original and fabulous composer. He is inventive and creative and his work is loved the world over. Benny is a rare, creative genius. All I would like to say is THREE CHEERS for Benny Golson " Tony Bennett "Composer supreme, tenor man supreme, jazz man supreme, good guy supreme: that's BENNY GOLSON "" Sonny RollinsBorn during thede factoinaugural era of jazz, saxophonist Benny Golson learned his instrument and the vocabulary of jazz alongside John Coltrane while Golson was still in high school in Philadelphia. Quickly establishing himself as an iconic fixture on the jazz landscape, Golson performed with dozens of jazz greats, from Sonny Rollins, Coleman Hawkins, and Jimmy Heath to Dizzy Gillespie, Freddie Hubbard, and many others. An acclaimed composer, Golson also wrote music for Hollywood films and television and composed such memorable jazz standards as Stablemates, Killer Joe, and Whisper Not. An eloquent account of Golson's exceptional life presented episodically rather than chronologically "Whisper Not "includes a dazzling collection of anecdotes, memories, experiences, and photographs that recount the successes, the inevitable failures, and the rewards of a life eternally dedicated to jazz.
About the Author
Benny Golson is an NEA Jazz Master, composer, arranger, and saxophonist. After helping Art Blakey revamp his regime with the Jazz Messengers, he co-founded Jazztet with trumpeter Art Farmer. He has composed not only jazz standards, including Killer Joe and Along Came Betty, but also music for films and television, including" It Takes a Thief "and" M*A*S*H."
Jim Merodhas recorded a veritable "who's who" of jazz greats under his BluePort Jazz label. He is a Professor of Literature and Humanitiesat Soka University, who has also taught at Cornell, Brown, Brandeis, Stanford, and UCLA. He isthe author of"The Political Responsibility of the Critic"andthe editor of "Jazz as a Cultural Archive, " a special issue of the journal "boundary 2.""