Benny Golson, Hal McKusick (ts), Lee Morgan, Freddie Hubbard, Art Farmer (tp), Curtis Fuller (tb), Sahib Shihab (bs), Ray Bryant, Cedar Walton (p), Percy Heath (b), Philly Joe Jones, Al 'Tootie' Heath (d)
Bar code: 8436019583722
This release presents two complete original albums by Benny Golson: "Benny Golson and the Philadelphians" is a splendid quintet date featuring the great Lee Morgan. While "Take a Number From 1 to 10" was a kind of experiment, that begins with Golson playing alone on the first track, and adding a musician to each successive track.
Stars like Freddie Hubbard, Curtis Fuller, Art Farmer and Cedar Walton are all heard on this album.
-And the Philadelphians
"This set does have a six-song session with the all-Philadelphia crew of tenor saxophonist Benny Golson, trumpeter Lee Morgan, pianist Ray Bryant, bassist Percy Heath and drummer Philly Joe Jones. [...] The music is quite enjoyable. Golson, Morgan and Bryant take excellent solos on three Golson tunes and one apiece by Bryant, John Lewis ("Afternoon In Paris") and Gigi Gryce. [...] Throughout, Golson is at the peak of his playing ability, and he often emerges as the solo star. Recommended for hard bop collectors."
Scott Yanow -All Music Guide
-Take A Number From 1 To 10
"A gimmick record that transcends its novelty trappings, 'Take a Number from 1 to 10' begins with Benny Golson's solo rendition of the evergreen "You're My Thrill" and from there adds a new musician (among them Freddie Hubbard, Cedar Walton, and Curtis Fuller) with each successive track, climaxing with the full ten-piece group's rendition of the Golson original "Time." While the progressive sonic expansion is fascinating to behold, the small-group settings are no less impressive for their intimacy and nuance. In fact, a gorgeous duet rendition of "My Heart Belongs to Daddy" pairing Golson with bassist Tommy Williams may be the most impressive performance here."
Jason Ankeny -All Music Guide
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