Big City Sounds

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Big City Sounds
Big City Sounds.jpg
Studio album by Art Farmer and Benny Golson
Released 1960
Recorded September 16, 19 & 20, 1960
Nola's Penthouse, New York City
Genre Jazz
Length 39:56
Label Argo
LP 672
Producer Kay Norton
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Big City Sounds is an album by The Jazztet, led by trumpeter Art Farmer and saxophonist Benny Golson, featuring performances recorded in 1960 and originally released on the Argo label.[1]


"The Cool One" is a medium tempo piece by Golson that was intended to be a commercial success, as "Killer Joe" had been on the Jazztet's previous album, Meet the Jazztet.[2]:4–5 "Blues on Down" is also by Golson, and was originally performed for his album The Modern Touch.[2]:5 Golson added 16 written bars to the version of "Hi-Fly" recorded for Big City Sounds, which is faster than usual.[2]:5 Farmer is the main feature on the jazz standard "My Funny Valentine".[2]:5 "Wonder Why" has "a 36-bar, AABA'C form".[2]:5 The Latin "Con Alma" also contains material added by Golson.[2]:6 "Lament" is a feature for trombonist Tom McIntosh, while "Bean Bag" features pianist Cedar Walton.[2]:6 The final track, "Five Spot After Dark", is a blues written by Golson when playing at New York's Five Spot.[2]:6


The Allmusic review awarded the album 3 stars.[3]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[3]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Benny Golson except as indicated

  1. "The Cool One" – 3:02
  2. "Blues on Down" – 6:03
  3. "Hi-Fly" (Randy Weston) – 5:50
  4. "My Funny Valentine" (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers) – 4:33
  5. "Wonder Why" (Sammy Cahn) – 5:54
  6. "Con Alma" (Dizzy Gillespie) – 5:00
  7. "Lament" (J. J. Johnson) – 3:31
  8. "Bean Bag" – 4:53
  9. "Five Spot After Dark" – 3:18



  1. ^ Art Farmer discography, accessed June 15, 2012.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Blumenthal, Bob (2004) In The Complete Argo/Mercury Art Farmer/Benny Golson/Jazztet Sessions [CD liner notes]. Mosaic.
  3. ^ a b Allmusic review, accessed July 2, 2012.