Editors’ Notes Pushing 80, saxophonist and composer Benny Golson leads a new sextet on this pleasing 2009 release. Golson was a key member of Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers and led the Jazztet with trumpeter Art Farmer in the ‘60s. New Time, New ‘Tet includes originals along with a varied set of covers by composers as different as Thelonious Monk (“Epistrophy”), El Debarge, from the ‘80s R&B group DeBarge, (“Love Me In a Special Way”), and Giuseppe Verdi (“Verdi’s Voice”). The band — trumpeter Eddie Henderson, trombonist Steve Davis, pianist Mike LeDonne, bassist Buster Williams, and drummer Carl Allen — handles Golson’s postbop stylings with great aplomb. (Henderson and Williams were both members of Herbie Hancock’s Mwandishi-era group, a sextet with a very different sound.) The group’s refined-but-not-fussy approach is often low-key, while retaining a bluesy, soulful bite. Golson’s arranging skills are on full display on the album’s reincarnation of “Gypsy Jingle-Jangle,” and the band shows its lush side on the gorgeous ballad, “From Dream to Dream.” Special guest Al Jarreau lends his vocals to a version of Golson’s often-covered “Whisper Not.”

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Grove's Groove
1
8:33
 
Airegin
2
6:44
 
From Dream to Dream
3
7:33
 
Whisper Not (feat. Al Jarreau)
4
4:35
 
Epistrophy
5
8:43
 
L'adieu
6
5:38
 
Love Me In a Special Way
7
7:06
 
Gypsy Jingle-Jangle
8
7:12
 
Verdi's Voice
9
7:23
 
Uptown Afterburn
10
7:09