Art Farmer & Benny Golson: Park Avenue Petite
Park Avenue Petite
The Jazztet (Benny Golson & Art Farmer)
Meet the Jazztet (MCA CHD-91550)
Recorded: Chicago, February 6, 1960.
Rating: 96/100 (learn more)
Their debut album was called Meet the Jazztet, and you'd best shake hands fast because all but two founding members soon left—Curtis Fuller over resentment that he didn't receive expected co-leader billing and McCoy Tyner to join John Coltrane. Aside from showcasing one of the era's finest trumpeters, the Jazztet also boasted premier composer and arranger Benny Golson, whose immortal "I Remember Clifford," for example, has been recorded >200 times, by everyone from The Jazz Messengers to The Manhattan Transfer. Golson's "Park Avenue Petite," on the other hand, was recorded <10 times. Both ballads are equally beautiful. Go figure.
Reviewer: Alan Kurtz