Bennie Green grew up in the generation of musicians inspired by the bebop pioneers. He developed the complex skills needed to play bop and worked in the Earl Hines band that included Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie. He also had roots in swing and was often compared with trombonists like Lawrence Brown, Benny Morton, Vic Dickenson, and Dickie Wells. Green melded the rapid-fire vocabulary of bebop with older styles more inclined to glides and swoops. The result was a beguiling personal dialect of the jazz language. In this timulating 1961 date, both facets of Green’s playing are evident. He is joined by tenor saxophonist Johnny Griffin, a contemporary also conversant in more than one idiom, and an all-star rhythm section. The result is modern mainstream music influenced by the blues and the best aspects of modern jazz and sounding remarkably fresh more than three decades later.
with Johnny Griffin, Junior Mance, Paul Chambers, Larry Gales, Ben Riley