Benny Golson-new time, new'tet/ we are so fortunate to have the masters still around making great music. One such Jazz Laureate is Mr. Benny Golson. He has given us so many classics over his musical career. Here he is joined by vocalist Al Jarreau who does a lot of justice to the immortal tune whisper not Mr.Golson is coming up on Eighty years and like Rollins, Hadley Caliman, Jimmy Health and the maestro himself Gerald Wilson seems to be getting better with age. Take your kids out to see this national treasure whenever he is in your area. Ahmad
Gerald Wilson- Detroit/ The tireless phenom Maestro, all of Ninthy years young has come up with another Musical feast for the ears. Each track is a gem and merits your undivided listening ability. My favorite track is before Motown which puts me in the same frame of mind as his classic Carlos with its Spanish tinge and colors. At this stage whatever Mr. Wilson does is historic and not to be missed by any true jazz partcipant. I anxiously await what his band will sound like at the century mark. Ahmad
Suggested Listening - HADLEY CALIMAN - Straight Ahead / This iis the second release by Mr. Caliman in the last couple
of years after a long haiatus from recording. Like Sonny Rollins his playing seems to be better as he approaches the eighty year old mark (77'to be exact.) As the title suggest it is definitely straight ahead. Miles Davis said the music speaks for itself and this one speaks volumes. If you can remember Mr. Caliman's tune "Cigar Eddie" back in the sixites then surely you will enjoy his new version which is gorgeous and swinging.The harold land tune "rapture" is a beautiful vehical for this very accomplished musician. Throw in a stray horn tune, a Lee Morgan piece, a couple of standards, and two originals by band members and you have one of the best albums to come along in quite sometime. A must for your CD collection. Ahmad

Louis Hayes - The Time Keeper / The seventy-one year old master drummer has delivered on this fine CD featuring some fine playing from all of the band members. I am truly astonished how these master continue to get better with age. There are a couple of Horace Silver pieces on the disc that increase the high art that Mr. Hayes thrives for. The rest of the tunes are great and lend to an overall feeling of musical satisfaction. Keep swinging loose Hayes. Ahmad

Bobby Hutcherson - Wise One / Bobby Hutcherson certainly is the wise one as a musican and as a man. As important on his instrument the vibes as John Coltrane was to all sax player, Mr. Hutcherson is like a vintage bottle or automobile that only becomes more valuable with time. His enthusiasm for his art is undeniable and should be seen and heard in the flesh. All the tunes were very significant in the career of the master Coltrane. This is an excellent album by one of Jazz's most vibrant personalities. Ahmad

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Cedar Walton - Voices Deep Within / Cedar Walton of course is one of America's Greatest Pianist. That includes any Genre. His thoughtful compositions and energetic playing is a joy to behold and to be heard. A longtime bandmate of the late great drummer Billy Higgins, on this disc he called on the services of one of Billy's most outstanding students, and now a great time keeper in his own right, Willie Jones III. Add legendary bassist buster Williams and the Cannonball Adderly influenced Vincent Herring on alto and this is a very tight band. Cedar has never made a bad record and this of course is one of his best. Ahmad

Wise One by Bobby Hutcherson



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