One of the greatest bone players who did not follow the J.J. Johnson's influence. Capable of playing Swing, Bop and rooted R&B projecting a strong feeling of joy in all his music. This CD retains all his powerful sound backing Charlie Ventura or fronting his early 50s quintets for Jubilee, Esquire, Prestige & Decca supported with the soul and passion of Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, Budd Johnson, Cliff Smalls, Osie Johnson and a rare collaboration with Coleman Hawkins. Undoubtedly the most enjoyable introduction to Green's wonderful friendly style.
01. Euphoria (3:04)
02. F.Y.I. (3:03)
03. Oh, Lady Be Good (3:13)
04. Sweet Georgia Brown (3:11)
05. Birdland (3:02)
06. Platinum Love (3:24)
07. Our Very Own (2:28)
08. Lowland Bounce (2:39)
09. Green Junction (2:54)
10. Flowing River (2:40)
11. Whirl-A-Licks (3:18)
12. Pennies From Heaven (2:15)
13. Tenor Sax Shuffle (3:06)
14. Sugar Syrup (3:02)
15. Serenade To Love (2:55)
16. Embraceable You (2:58)
17. Stardust (3:16)
18. There's A Small Hotel (2:43)
19. Blues In Lament (3:05)
20. Blow Your Horn (2:42)
21. Takin' My Time (3:06)
22. I Wanna Blow (2:23)
23. People Will Say We're In Love (2:52)
24. Rhumblues (2:54)
Total Time: 70:00 min. approx.
Personnel on tracks #1-4:
Charlie Ventura & His Orchestra
Norman Faye (tp); Bennie Green (tb); Charlie Ventura (ts, bs); Ben Ventura (bs); Roy Kral (p, vcl on 1 & 2); Gus Cole or Chubby Jackson (b); Ed Shaughnessy (d). Jackie Cain (vcl on 1 & 2).
Recorded in Chicago, October 1948
Personnel on track #5:
Charlie Ventura Septet
Norman Faye (tp); Bennie Green (tb); Charlie Ventura (ts, bs); Roy Kral (p, vcl); Kenny O'Brien (b); Ed Shaughnessy (d). Jackie Cain (vcl).
Recorded in New York, January 6, 1949
Personnel on track #6:
Coleman Hawkins Quintet
Coleman Hawkins (ts); Bennie Green (tb); Al Haig (p); John Collins (g); Nelson Boyd (b); Shadow Wilson (d).
Recorded in New York, August 29, 1949
Personnel on tracks #7-8:
Bennie Green (tb); Budd Johnson (ts); Jimmy Jones (p); John Collins (g); Tommy Potter (b); Roy Haynes (d).
Recorded in New York, August 13, 1950
Personnel on tracks #9-14:
Bennie Green Septet
Bennie Green (tb); Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, "Big Nick" Nicholas (ts); Rudy Williams (bs); Teddy Brannon (p); Tommy Potter (b); Art Blakey (d).
Recorded in New York, October 5, 1951
Personnel on tracks #15-18:
Bennie Green with Strings
Bennie Green (tb); John Malachi (p); Tommy Potter (b); Osie Johnson (d, arr.); Alan Lane, Harold Sonn, Autrey Mckissack, Max Waxler, Adam Micevich, Donald White (strings).
Recorded in Chicago, May 13, 1952
Personnel on tracks #19-21:
Bennie Green & His Band
Bennie Green (tb); Frank Wess (ts); Cecil Payne (bs); Cliff Smalls (p); Tommy Potter (b); Osie Johnson (d); Candido Camero (bgo, cga).
Recorded in New York, July 23, 1953
Personnel on tracks #22-24:
Bennie Green (tb, vcl); Billy Root (ts); Cliff Smalls (p); Ike Isaacs (b); Jerry Seagle (d).
Recorded in New York, April 13, 1954