Archive for ‘Bennie Green’

mars 4, 2010

Bennie Green – Back On The Scene :

Sortie :1958
Style : Jazz

Tracklist :
1. I Love You – 6:08
2. Melba’s Mood – 5:35
3. Just Friends – 7:03
4. You’re Mine, You – 5:18
5. Bennie Plays The Blues – 8:25
6. Green Street – 5:09

LINEUP: Bennie Green (trombone), Charlie Rouse (tenor sax), Joe Knight (piano), George Tucker (bass), Louis Hayes (drums)


It’s evident from the opening pair of Latin-flavored performances that Back on the Scene is one of Bennie Green’s most diverse efforts. Green’s warm, supple tone and fondness for swinging, bop-influenced mainstream jazz and jump blues hasn’t disappeared; he’s just found new facets in his style. The infectious Latin rhythms on Cole Porter’s « I Love You » and « Melba’s Mood » are welcome, as is « You’re Mine You, » which showcases Green’s sensitive ballad style. Reviving the standard « Just Friends » emphasizes the trombonist’s ties to big band and bop, particularly through tenor saxophonist Charlie Rouse’s strong solos. The jumping « Bennie Plays the Blues » and « Green Street » are also terrific, finding Green, Rouse and pianist Joe Knight trading full-bodied solos. Even with this vast array of styles, Back on the Scene retains all the good-natured spirit and humor of his earlier Prestige albums.
~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine