Benny Waters - Hurry on Down

Benny Waters - Hurry on Down
Genre: Jazz
Duration: 01:02:01
Recording Date: April 21, 1981 - April 28, 1981
Artist: Benny Waters
Album: Hurry on Down
Release Date: 1981
Recording Location: Blackbird Close, Basingstoke, England

This CD is a reissue of the JSP LP On the Sunny Side of the Street, though it adds 4 previously unissued tracks. Benny Waters was only 79 at the time of the two studio sessions, and he was active as a performer well into his mid90s, with his final recordings taking place on his 95th birthday at Birdland. With a rhythm section comprised of guitarist Paul Sealey, bassist Erica Howard, and drummer John Cox, he sings Nellie Lutcher's 1940s hit "Hurry on Down" and plays some bluesy alto sax; this number also features brief but effective solos by Sealey and Howard.

"Up a Lazy River," making its first appearance, has some tasty clarinet by the leader. Waters' gritty tenor swings hard on "Topsy," another newly added track. The lack of a piano makes no difference to the veteran musician, who is impressive throughout this expanded reissue.

Title/ComposerPerformerTime
Hurry on Down / Nellie LutcherBenny Waters3:54
Lazy River / Sidney Arodin / Hoagy CarmichaelBenny Waters8:11
Topsy / Edgar Battle / Eddie DurhamBenny Waters4:08
Blue Moon / Lorenz Hart / Richard RodgersBenny Waters4:31
On the Sunny Side of the Street / Dorothy Fields / Jimmy McHughBenny Waters4:12
I'm Beginning to See the Light / Duke Ellington / Don George / Johnny Hodges / Harry JamesBenny Waters5:15
As Time Goes By / Herman HupfeldBenny Waters4:23
Oh, Lady Be Good / George Gershwin / Ira GershwinBenny Waters7:11
Autumn Leaves / Joseph Kosma / Johnny Mercer / Jacques PrévertBenny Waters7:16
It Had to Be You / Isham Jones / Gus KahnBenny Waters3:54
Have You Met Miss Jones? / Lorenz Hart / Richard RodgersBenny Waters4:34
Fuzzy Blues / Benny WatersBenny Waters4:32

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