Benny Golson: Killer Joe (1960) -- alternate review
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: 85/100 (learn more)
“Killer Joe” closes “Meet the Jazztet,” an album co-led by trumpeter Art Farmer and saxophonist Benny Golson. A pop-song-length statement of West Coast cool, it became a jukebox hit, thanks to a killer melody and a soulful, laid-back rhythm punctuated by the thick chords of pianist McCoy Tyner. You know this theme, which the horns never stray far from. You’ve heard it in the movies and on TV. The question is: Would the song have ever made it into the broad public consciousness were it not for its gimmick: the spoken-word introduction that informs us the song is in fact about a “hip cat” named Killer Joe who “likes to play the horses” and is “most certainly a ladies man”? It’s doubtful. Still, no complaints here. A great tune is a great tune.
Reviewer: Steve Greenlee
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Tags: hard bop