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One Day, Forever

  • 1. One Day, Forever
    2. Blue Walk
    3. Killer Joe
    4. Are You Real?
    5. Sad to Say
    6. Out of the Past
    7. Blues Alley
    8. Along Came Betty
    9. On Gossamer Wings - (featuring Lara Downes)
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 70744

  • Credits
    ProducerBob Karcy

    Personnel includes: Benny Golson (arranger, tenor saxophone); Shirley Horn (vocals); Art Farmer (trumpet); Robert Carlisle, John Clark (French horn); Curtis Fuller (trombone); Elizabeth Mann (flute); Gerard Reuter (oboe); Richard Locker, Diane Barere, Erik Friedlander (cello); Mulgrew Miller, Geoff Keezer, Lara Downes (piano); Bill Mays (keyboards); Ron Carter, Dwayne Burno (bass); Carl Allen, Joe Farnsworth (drums).
    Engineers include: Dennis Wall, Joseph Patrych.
    Principally recorded between November 6, 1996 and October 11, 2000. Includes liner notes by Bob Karcy and Benny Golson.
    Benny Golson has made many excellent recordings over the decades, but One Day, Forever is in a class by itself. Golson was inspired to write the striking title track following the death of Art Farmer's wife Mechthilde, and he later added a poignant lyric. Shirley Horn's exquisite vocal on this lush ballad is backed by a string section of 12 cellos plus a flute and a pair of French horns conducted by the leader; it also includes Golson's soulful tenor sax and a first-rate rhythm section of Mulgrew Miller, Ron Carter, and Carl Allen. Probably to achieve the exact sound Golson had in mind, Farmer temporarily sets down the flumpet (a custom-made hybrid of the trumpet and flgelhorn that he played almost exclusively from 1992 until his death) and adds his trumpet to six tracks, including the snappy "Blue Walk"; he plays his muted horn in a strutting remake of Golson's well-known "Killer Joe" and rekindles the old Jazztet fires with Golson and trombonist Curtis Fuller on the driving "Blues Alley." The rhythm section supporting this group includes pianist Geoff Keezer (who had previously worked with Farmer), bassist Dwayne Burno, and drummer Joe Farnsworth. The final track, "On Gossamer Wings," is a classical piece composed by Golson and performed by pianist Lara Downes; this intriguing work for solo piano provides a emotional conclusion to a wide-ranging and highly recommended CD. ~ Ken Dryden

  • Critic Reviews
    JazzTimes (6/01, p.126) - "...A tour de force....This is an elaborate sampler of his talents as composer-arranger, lyricist and saxophonist..."
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