Benny Golson & Art Farmer: Step Lightly
Benny Golson's New York Scene (Contemporary OJCCD-164-2)
Composed by Benny Golson.
Recorded: New York, October 14, 1957
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