For a brief time, Bennie Green (1923-1977) was among the most popular trombonists in the world. As a member of Charlie Ventura's crowd-pleasing small group in the late Forties, Green played nightly to packed, adoring houses. These sides, while not made for those in the second balcony, jump nonetheless. Green's second Prestige date, the fare here is typical of many small-group studio get-togethers of the time: relaxed blowing on the blues or "I Got Rhythm" changes (Art Farmer's "Skycoach"), a swinging standard, and a ballad. Green and Farmer (1928-1999), however, weren't an everyday front-line pairing. The trombonist was a fat-toned extrovert, while the trumpeter, who would join Horace Silver's crack sextet a few months after this session, leaned toward more introverted lines. With the great Philly Joe Jones stoking the rhythmic fire, this set fairly cooked.
with Cliff Smalls, Addison Farmer, Philly Joe Jones