Benny Golson & Art Farmer: Step Lightly

Track

Step Lightly

Artist

Benny Golson (tenor sax) and Art Farmer (trumpet)

CD

Benny Golson's New York Scene (Contemporary OJCCD-164-2)

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Musicians:

Benny Golson (tenor sax), Art Farmer (trumpet), Wynton Kelly (piano), Paul Chambers (bass), Charlie Persip (drums).

Composed by Benny Golson

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Recorded: New York, October 14, 1957

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Rating: 94/100 (learn more)

So, if Miles Davis proved the Harmon mute worked on ballads and Chet Baker showed it handled fast tunes, what about medium tempos? Step this way. Art Farmer's lyrical trumpet paired with Benny Golson's warm tenor was a match made in Harmon. Moreover, the lightly funky "Step Lightly" is one of Golson's most insouciant tunes. This recording, where everyone sounds slightly off-mike, would've been better served by Blue Note/Prestige/Savoy's close-up soundman Van Gelder, but regrettably Rudy couldn't be everywhere. Even so, "Step Lightly" is like those can't-eat-just-one potato chips. Once tasted, it'll keep you coming back again and again for another dip in the bag.

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz

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