Benny Golson: Killer Joe (1960)


Killer Joe


The Jazztet (Benny Golson & Art Farmer)


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Benny Golson (tenor sax), Art Farmer (trumpet), Curtis Fuller (trombone), McCoy Tyner (piano), Addison Farmer (bass), Lex Humphries (drums).

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

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