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Benny Golson

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Killer Joe Benny Golson, Art Farmer, Curtis Fuller, Geoff Keezer 07:53
You're Mine You Benny Golson 04:17
'Round Midnight Art Farmer-Benny Golson Jazztet 10:10
Whisper Not Benny Golson, Al Jarreau 04:35
From Dream to Dream Benny Golson 07:33
Killer Joe Benny Golson, Art Farmer, Curtis Fuller, Geoff Keezer 07:37
Killer Joe Benny Golson 06:54
Autumn Leaves Benny Golson 06:50
My Romance Benny Golson 07:30
Don't Get Around Much Anymore (feat. Buster Williams & Carl Allen) Arkadia Jazz All-Stars, Benny Golson, Mulgrew Miller, Buster Williams 05:41

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The well-known Philadelphia-born jazz saxophonist Benny Golson rose to fame through writing and arranging scores for the likes of jazz bandleaders Lionel Hampton and Dizzy Gillespie during the 1950s. In 1959 Golson decided to launch his solo career as a performer and created The Jazztet with trumpeter Art Farmer. The Jazztet has had two distinct phases, these being its original incarnation in the early 1960s and the subsequent reunion which took place in the 1980s. The band split up in 1962 for a variety of reasons with the various members staying on good terms with each other.

Several of the original band's compositions have gone on to become jazz standards including 'Blues March', 'Killer Joe' and 'I Remember Clifford'. Golson went on to pursue a successful career as a composer and arranger for the rapidly increasing world of television and his work featured in shows such as 'M*A*S*H', 'The Partridge Family', 'Ironside', 'Mission: Impossible' and many others. In 2009 Golson was inducted into The International Academy of Jazz Hall of Fame.