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Benny Golson’s New CD and Movie Role

On June 22, Concord Records will release saxophonist and jazz-standard fountainhead Benny Golson’s Terminal 1, an album inspired by the forthcoming Steven Spielberg film of the same name that will star Tom Hanks, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Stanley Tucci and. . .Golson. Premiering in theaters June 18, the film has Hanks’ character searching for Golson in order to get the venerable jazzman’s autograph for a historic jazz photo; the saxophonist will make a cameo appearance, and a musical performance, in the film.

Terminal 1-the album-is a quintet record featuring trumpeter Eddie Henderson, pianist Mike LeDonne, bassist Buster Williams, drummer Carl Allen and Golson, who wrote three new tunes for the disc, including the title track, which the saxophonist says “symbolizes the comings and goings of people in all airports around the world.” Golson elaborates: “The drums represent the crowds of people and seem to have a free, loose reign during the opening strains and the playing of the melody, which accompanies the crowd (drums) here, and also during the first chorus of each solo. You’ll notice that the mood fluctuates between a laid-back pulse to a pressing, straightahead 4/4 feeling, indicating that nothing is ever exactly the same in any airport. The piece ends with the diminishing sound of the drums-airport crowd murmur, if you will-as we slowly pull away pursuing the clouds in mid heaven.”

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