Bennie Green – Bennie Green Blows His Horn

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Bennie Green Blows His Horn is an album by American trombonist Bennie Green recorded in 1955 and released on the Prestige label.

“Bennie Green, one of the few trombonists of the 1950s not to sound somewhat like a J.J. Johnson clone, always had a likable and humorous style. He blends in well with tenor saxophonist Charlie Rouse on these standards, blues, and jump tunes, two of which have group vocals. With a fine rhythm section (pianist Cliff Smalls, bassist Paul Chambers, drummer Osie Johnson, and Candido on congas), Green and his band show that there is no reason that swinging jazz has to be viewed as overly intellectual and esoteric. This CD (a reissue of the original LP) is a fine example of Bennie Green’s talents and winning musical personality.” – Scott Yanow/AllMusic.

Track listing:
“Sometimes I’m Happy” (Vincent Youmans, Irving Caesar) – 3:53
“Laura” (David Raksin, Johnny Mercer) – 6:13
“Body and Soul” (Edward Heyman, Robert Sour, Frank Eyton, Johnny Green) – 6:58
“Say Jack!” (Green, Osie Johnson) – 3:36
“One Track” (Green, Johnson) – 3:15
“Groovin’ the Blues” [Take 1] (Bennie Green) – 5:31
“Groovin’ the Blues” [Take 2] (Bennie Green) – 3:13
“Travelin’ Light” (Harry Akst, Sidney Clare) – 3:07
“Hi-Yo Silver” (Green, Johnson) – 3:21

Recorded on June 10, 1955 (tracks 1-4) and September 22, 1955 (tracks 5-9).

Bennie Green – trombone, vocals
Charlie Rouse – tenor saxophone
Cliff Smalls – piano
Paul Chambers – bass
Osie Johnson – drums
Candido Camero – conga (tracks 1-4)


Released: 1955
Recorded: June 10 and September 22, 1955
Studio: Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey
Length: 39:07
Label: Prestige