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These Are Soulful Days
Benny Green
These Are Soulful Days
Genres: Jazz, Pop
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Always an effusive pianist with a relentlessly melodic approach, Benny Green celebrates Blue Note's 60th Anniversary by culling eight tunes from the label's back catalog and cutting loose with a drummerless trio that inclu...  more »


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All Artists: Benny Green
Title: These Are Soulful Days
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Label: Blue Note Records
Original Release Date: 6/15/1999
Release Date: 6/15/1999
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Style: Bebop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 724349952720, 0724349952751

Always an effusive pianist with a relentlessly melodic approach, Benny Green celebrates Blue Note's 60th Anniversary by culling eight tunes from the label's back catalog and cutting loose with a drummerless trio that includes former cohorts Russell Malone on guitar and bassist Christian McBride. The harmonic rapport of Green and Malone is immediately apparent in their exacting unison lines to open Horace Silver's "Virgo," which also features McBride's resonant bow work. No longer a wunderkind, the 36-year-old Green solos with youthful intensity (check the dynamic force of "Bellarosa") but also showcases his ensemble maturity by shouldering some of the rhythmic duty and giving Malone ample space to explore a more kinetic side of his muse. Malone's chords, Green's left hand, and McBride's yeoman time-keeping provide plenty of percussive context. Saving the best for last, the trio returns to Silver for a bluesy "Come On Home" that inspires Malone into perhaps the most commanding uptempo passages of his career thus far. --Britt Robson

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Right move Benny!
stef | Genoa Italy | 07/30/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Here is a good example of a talented and intelligent "young" musician. Benny Green. But first of all this "new" trio is really cooking here; they play each track with the right spirit, with intensity, with the right intention. There is a terrific technique all around but not the will to show off. Music here, come first. Moreover I appreciate the will to rediscover and to explore tracks that are classics but not too known or too abused. As a matter of fact the whole cd display a sense of classicism and of innovation at the same time. Authors range from Horace Silver, to Lee Morgan, to Bobby Hutcherson, Dexter Gordon, Joe Henderson, Elmo Hope, fantastic Jazz authors, not only unbelievable musicians as they are commonly remembered. Playing again music from these authours is a damn right move in my opinion. Jazz history is full of gems which we can rediscover, and explore in their deepness. Jazz is not only standard tunes!! In the end I expecially love this trio format (piano, guitar, double bass): I find that this trio setting can express jazz at it's fullest, with a sound balance you can't find elsewhere. It's like having a small orchestra made only of stringed instruments. Recently I bought a record from three masters of this trio format: André Previn Joe Pass, Ray Brown. If you want to buy a good effort from three "young lions" you can buy this cd from Benny Green with confidence. But please, don't forget to buy a real article (P/P/B) too!"
A great visit to blue note's past
stef | 07/04/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)

"benny green takes a fun spin on the tried and true format of a standards album, here exploring the vaults of his own label, but in a new setting with the drumless trio. it is indeed a "soulful day!" green swings well, reminding me of oscar peterson, but with horace silver's bluesiness. it was kind of fun to go back through the original blue note sessions to find these gems and compare them to these. russell malone is a great guitarist and it is a treat to hear him continuing to develope and deepen his own voice on the instrument. christian mcbride is no slouch, either! dig his bow work on the opener! this is a fun album and leaves you wanting to play it again and again. i hope this trio comes back for another round!"
Green Without An Original In Sight | Canberra, Australia | 11/07/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This CD is a remarkably refreshing effort by the current Green trio. Russell Malone and especially Christian McBride are simply supurb on this set, which explores rarities from the Blue Note songbook. The Horace Silver tune 'Come On Home' is a highlight of this disc. It displays the hard bop roots of the group and really fires up the creative powers. Other good performances include 'Virgo' and the ballad 'Summer Night'. This CD is definitely a pleasing set of music that really has no particular faults. The only real let down was that the disc only contains around 45 minutes of tunes, which really could have been expanded upon somewhat.I must admit though, that I generally find that drummer-less groups tend to lack something in the rythym department, luckily this disc does not show any obvious short comings in that department. Overall this disc comes recommended as a fine example of Green's rapidly maturing style. There is nothing truly astonishing in this music however you do get intimate studio session of the highest calibre, performed by three of the best present-day jazz artists around."