Bennie Green – The Swingin’est (1958)

FrontCover1.jpgBennie Green, 16 April 1923, Chicago, Illinois, USA, d. 23 March 1977, San Diego, California, USA. After playing locally for a while during his teenage years, trombonist Green joined the bebop-orientated Earl ‘Fatha’ Hines band in 1942. He continued to be associated with Hines until the early 50s, his spells with the band being interrupted by military service and periods working with Charlie Ventura, the band co-led by Gene Ammons and Sonny Stitt and the small groups he led himself. In the late 60s he was briefly with Duke Ellington, then settled in Las Vegas, where he worked in various hotel and casino house bands. Green’s playing ranged widely, encompassing the swing-era style prominent during his formative years; he was one of only a few trombonists to adapt comfortably to bebop, and he also played R&B. (by oldies.com)

The Swingin’est is an album by American trombonist Bennie Green and saxophonist Gene Ammons recorded in 1958 and released on the Vee-Jay label.[1] The album has also been released under the title Juggin’ Around.The Swingin’est is an album by American trombonist Bennie Green and saxophonist Gene Ammons recorded in 1958 and released on the Vee-Jay label. The album has also been released under the title Juggin’ Around.

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The emphasis is on the blues and very basic chord changes on this relaxed jam session. With trombonist Bennie Green leading an octet that also includes the tenors of Gene Ammons and Frank Foster, trumpeter Nat Adderley, Frank Wess on tenor and flute and a rhythm section led by pianist Tommy Flanagan, everyone has plenty of opportunities to solo. (by Scott Yanow)

Oh, how I love the exciting world of Jazz … and here´s a wonderful example … listen to the great flute solos of Frank Wess and to “Jim Dog” and you´ll know what I mean.

Enjoy all these old tunes (recorded on one day !)

Recorded at Bell Sound Studios, New York City on November 12, 1958

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Personnel:
Nat Adderley (cornet)
Gene Ammons (saxophone)
Tommy Flanagan (piano)
Frank Foster (saxophone)
Bennie Green (trombone)
Albert Heath (drums)
Eddie Jones (bass)
Frank Wess (saxophone, flute)

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Tracklist:
01. Juggin’ Around Foster) 6.30
02. Going South (Foster) 10.42
03. Jim Dog (Ammons) 7-04
04. Sermonette (Adderley/Hendricks) 4.18
05. A Little Ditty (Wess) – 4:01
06. Swingin’ For Benny (Green) – 12:10
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07. Juggin’ Around (alternate take) (Foster) 6.46
08. Jim Dog (alternate take) (Ammons) 7.30
09. Sermonette (Adderley/Hendricks) – 4:18 Bonus track on CD reissue

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