Jun 18 - Jun 19, 2013
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 new release, Magic Beans (2013), 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. With this recording, Benny Green unconditionally steps out as the bearer of the torch and guardian of a legacy handed down to him, personally, by his musical mentors. Magic Beans delivers the message that swinging is never out of style.
Dimitriou's Jazz Alley
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