Benny Golson: Killer Joe (1960)
The Jazztet (Benny Golson & Art Farmer)
Meet The Jazztet (Polygram UCCC-9004)
Composed by Benny Golson.
Recorded: Chicago, February 6, 9, and 10, 1960
Rating: 91/100 (learn more)
At the beginning of the 1960s, The Jazztet was one of the leading hard bop ensembles, due not only to its outstanding personnel, but also to the appealing compositions of tenorist and co-leader Benny Golson. Along with such Golson compositions as “Stablemates,” “I Remember Clifford,” “Along Came Betty,” and “Whisper Not,” the strutting “Killer Joe” has become a part of the standard jazz repertory. This first recorded performance of the tune is among the best of many.
Reviewer: David Franklin