The rule of first impressions led many people whose hearing should have informed them otherwise to conclude that Benny Golson's tenor saxophone playing didn't amount to much. Although he had played with Earl Bostic, Lionel Hampton, and Dizzy Gillespie, Golson became famous as a composer and arranger. His tenor incorporated the tradition of Don Byas, Lucky Thompson, and Ben Webster into a style of great richness, authority, and virility. 1959's Gettin' With It was a reminder that here was a tenor soloist to be reckoned with. The other horn is trombonist Curtis Fuller, Golson's companion in the Jazztet, the band he co-led with trumpeter Art Farmer. The impeccable and powerful rhythm section is Tommy Flanagan, Doug Watkins, and Art Taylor. In comparison with the tailored and fitted music of the Jazztet, this is a blowing session. But it's a blowing session informed by the improvisational skill and organized intelligence of Benny Golson.
with Curtis Fuller, Tommy Flanagan, Doug Watkins, Arthur Taylor