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.
|Hurry on Down / Nellie Lutcher||Benny Waters||3:54|
|Lazy River / Sidney Arodin / Hoagy Carmichael||Benny Waters||8:11|
|Topsy / Edgar Battle / Eddie Durham||Benny Waters||4:08|
|Blue Moon / Lorenz Hart / Richard Rodgers||Benny Waters||4:31|
|On the Sunny Side of the Street / Dorothy Fields / Jimmy McHugh||Benny Waters||4:12|
|I'm Beginning to See the Light / Duke Ellington / Don George / Johnny Hodges / Harry James||Benny Waters||5:15|
|As Time Goes By / Herman Hupfeld||Benny Waters||4:23|
|Oh, Lady Be Good / George Gershwin / Ira Gershwin||Benny Waters||7:11|
|Autumn Leaves / Joseph Kosma / Johnny Mercer / Jacques Prévert||Benny Waters||7:16|
|It Had to Be You / Isham Jones / Gus Kahn||Benny Waters||3:54|
|Have You Met Miss Jones? / Lorenz Hart / Richard Rodgers||Benny Waters||4:34|
|Fuzzy Blues / Benny Waters||Benny Waters||4:32|