Benny Green Trio

Friday, June 14, 2013

Dazzle Jazz

930 Lincoln St.
Denver, CO 80203


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Benny Green Trio :: $25

Friday, June 14th :: 7 & 9pm
Saturday, June 15th :: 7 & 9pm

benny green - piano
david wong - bass
kenny washington - drums

Benny will be appearing in support of his new Sunnyside release "Magic Beans".

Benny Green possesses the history of jazz at his fingertips. Combine mastery of keyboard technique with decades of real world experience playing with no one less than the most celebrated artists of the last half century, and it’s no wonder Green has been hailed as perhaps the most exciting hard-swinging, hard-bop pianist to ever emerge from Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers.

For this historic Sunnyside release, Magic Beans, Green crafted ten new pieces performed by his working trio. Remarkably, this release marks Benny’s first self-produced trio recording of all original compositions in a career that spans decades: notably as a star sideman with Betty Carter, Art Blakey, Freddie Hubbard, and Ray Brown and culminating in over 20 years as a leader himself.

While having favored to sprinkle his recordings with standards, Benny Green has always been a composer, contributing new music to all of his leader dates, as well as records by Blakey, Hubbard, and Brown. However, in 2012, Benny experienced what could only be characterized as a compositional break-through—prolifically writing all the tunes recorded on Magic Beans in what was, seemingly, one afternoon. Benny then decided to embark on the recording of this album with his trusted Messenger mates the brilliant Peter Washington on bass, and the legendary Kenny Washington on drums. Thus, Magic Beans took root.

This highly personal recording begins with the inviting “Benny’s Crib”, inspired by the classic sound of the Blue Note label trumpet-saxophone quintets. The bouncy “Kenny Drew” follows —a sketch of the famed pianist whose prolific 1950s work inspired Green. Kenny Washington offers a lesson in brushwork here. “Flying Saucer” is written in a style reminiscent of Elmo Hope or Tadd Dameron, the title alluding to Green’s fascination with 1950s science fiction radio shows.  “Jackie McLean”, written for the luminary saxophonist, leans toward an aggressive Latin feel. On “Vanished”, Green expresses a full spectrum of emotion with economy in orchestration. “Harold Land”, named after the west coast saxophonist, is an unparalleled example of classic piano trio swing. Saxophonist Tina Brooks is the musical inspiration for “Magic Beans”, a composition blending Latin vamps and straight-ahead swing with the story of Jack and the Beanstalk in mind. “Paraphrase” is titled because of its reference to a rhythm from Ellington’s “It Don’t Mean a Thing”. The sensual “La Portuguesa” is a mini suite that connects three moods or scenes: a country road at dusk, the lustiness of the bedroom and, ultimately, romance. And finally, concluding Benny’s musical journey is “Further Away” a piece that is both swinging and cinematic.

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