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Benny Golson Remembers John Coltrane

An excerpt from "Whisper Not," Golson's new autobiography

Benny Golson at 17, in 1946
John Coltrane (seated) and Benny Golson, backstage at the 1957 Newport Jazz Festival. Coltrane is looking for a reed and Benny is warming up. This is the only known shot of the boyhood pals, who became lifelong friends and colleagues

The newly released memoir of Benny Golson, now 87, is precisely the sort of thoughtful, finely crafted work you’d expect if you’ve ever seen him in a concert setting, where his erudite history lessons can be just as compelling as his rhapsodic saxophone playing and epochal tunes.

Not surprisingly, some of the book’s most moving sections concern Golson’s soul-deep musical and personal kinship with John Coltrane. Here, JT is proud to publish an excerpt focusing on the future masters’ adolescence, and on Coltrane’s rent-making forays into R&B during the late 1940s.

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