The Art Farmer-Benny Golson Jazztet / Art Farmer / Benny Golson

Blues March

Composed by Benny Golson

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For more than 50 years, tenor saxophonist, composer, arranger, and educator Dr. Benny Golson has enjoyed an illustrious, musical career in which he has not only made scores of recordings but has also composed and arranged music for giants such as John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Sammy Davis Jr., Mama Cass Elliott, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Benny Goodman, Davey Jones and the Monkees, Quincy Jones, Peggy Lee, Carmen McRae, Oscar Peterson, Lou Rawls, Mickey Rooney, Diana Ross, Mel Tormé, George Shearing, and Dusty Springfield. Benny Golson is credited with being the only living composer to have written eight jazz standards for the jazz repertoire. These jazz standards have found their way into countless recordings internationally over the years and are still being recorded. Dr. Golson has recorded over 30 albums for many recording companies in the United States and Europe under his own name and innumerable ones with other major artists. A prodigious writer, Golson has written well over 300 compositions. "Blues March" first appeared on the 1958 album by Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers entitled Moanin'. The song is the composer's acknowledgement of the early marching bands of New Orleans and starts in long meter form and transforms back into regular time. The song is embellished with emotion, both soulful and blue, and features a blues-based jazz format with elements of the march genre, hence the title. Its multi-sectional structures and simple harmonic schemes provide ample room for improvisation for instrumentalists, pianists, or vocalists. The song appears on over 24 albums and CDs by artists as diverse as Art Farmer (Meet the Jazztet) and Blue Mitchell (Big Six) to Gene Harris' Alley Cats and on the composer's That's Funky CD, which was released in 2000. It remains a staple among military and regimental jazz bands primarily because of the "march" format which so readily identifies and is often used in military and marching bands.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Meet the Jazztet 1960 MCA/Chess 5:16
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