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California Message [SHM-CD] by Benny Golson with Curtis Fuller
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Artist/Band:Benny Golson with Curtis Fuller
Name:California Message [SHM-CD]
Cat No.:BVCJ-34439
Performed by:Benny Golson (soprano sax,tenor sax)
Curtis Fuller (trombone)
Oscar Brashear (trumpet)
Thurman Green (trombone)
Bill Mays (electric piano)
Bob Magnusson (bass)
Roy McCurdy (drums)
Release Date:02/25/2009
Description:Baystate Hard Bop Legends SHM-CD Collection

A unique Japanese jazz label Baystate was established in 1975 under RVC, a joint venture between RCA and JVC. Over time, producer Yoshio Ozawa built a rich catalog that consists of what some people call "spiritual jazz" as well as straight ahead, hard bop "concept albums" produced specifically for the Japanese market.

The Hard Bop Legends SHM-CD Collection is a series of reissues of great albums in the latter category. Featuring legendary, veteran jazz musicians like Art Blakey, Freddie Hubbard and Benny Golson, these sides were recorded originally released in the early 1980s. Now, this Collection revives these long out-of-print recordings in the superior new format of SHM-CD.

California Message is an interesting concept album of Benny Golson's. It reunited him with Curtis Fuller, a Jazztet colleague from his East Coast days, and surrounded the two principals with West Coast musicians Golson met after he moved to Los Angeles.

This unique band includes pianist Bill Mays (on electric piano), bassist Bob Magnusson and drummer Roy McCurdy, in addition to trumpeter Oscar Brashear and another trombonist Thurman Green. They revisit Golson's famous compositions such as "Blues March," "Whisper Not" and "I Remember Clifford" and perform Golson's brand-new originals. The band has a unique sound that is reminiscent of The Jazztet but with a sunny feeling of West Coast.

Recorded October 20 and 22, 1980 in Los Angeles. This limited, SHM-CD edition released by BMG Japan in February, 2009. SHM-CD is compatible with all regular CD players.
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Album Tracks:
1. California MessageMP3 Sample
2. Soul Talk
3. Blues March
4. The BerlinerMP3 Sample
5. Whisper Not
6. Free Again
7. I Remember Clifford
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