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Naturally
Benny Green
Naturally
Genres: Jazz, Pop
 
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Benny Green is joined here by guitarist Russell Malone and bassist Christian McBride, the same stellar trio that was on his previous CD, These Are Soulful Days, in 1999. While that CD was devoted to covers of classic Blue ...  more »

     
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All Artists: Benny Green
Title: Naturally
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Telarc
Original Release Date: 8/22/2000
Release Date: 8/22/2000
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Style: Bebop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 089408349829

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Benny Green is joined here by guitarist Russell Malone and bassist Christian McBride, the same stellar trio that was on his previous CD, These Are Soulful Days, in 1999. While that CD was devoted to covers of classic Blue Note tunes, this one features five Green originals and four jazz standards, many of them drenched in the blues. The instrumentation will immediately suggest the early Oscar Peterson trios with Ray Brown on bass and a series of great guitarists. Green has been influenced by Peterson, to be sure, and has even recorded duets with him. He was a long-standing member of Brown's trio, and, like Oscar, doesn't need a rhythm section to swing. But Green is increasingly his own man, and what really stands out here is his strong connection with another jazz-piano lineage. "Pittsburgh Brethren" has the soulful directness of Horace Silver or Bobby Timmons, while "Beg Your Parlan," dedicated to Horace Parlan, adds a strongly Monkish caste. The trio interacts with effervescent swing and a well-developed sense of space, comfortably shifting roles to let Malone and McBride shine along with the leader. "Grooveyard," composed by pianist Carl Perkins, is a highlight, with Malone's solo taking surprising turns. The trio performances are bracketed by Green solos, bouncing, joyous renditions of Duke Ellington's "Love You Madly" and Wayne Shorter's "Lester Left Town." --Stuart Broomer

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Great Trio of new lions
P. Pearce | 08/24/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This new release by Benny Green's trio of jazz legends in the making is outstanding. This reminds one of the early Oscar Peterson trio with Herb Ellis on guitar. Bassist Mcbride is no stranger to Green, having recorded and played with him in the past and this offering is another stellar opportunity for this magnificent bass player to display his talent. Malone plays smoothly and swings like always. The star of this trio is young Mr. Green who is a protege of pianist Peterson, who must be pleased with this excellent recording. Congratulations to all three on a swinging CD. Recommended especially for fans of Oscar Peterson and Ray Brown; if this is your first Benny Green purchase - you have a treat in store!"
Quite good, especially the solo pieces
antonio | Zaragoza, Spain | 08/26/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This is so far the best I've heard from B. Green. He also plays three excellent solo piano pieces here. All in all it is a CD I will probably listen to quite often."