What Makes You Reach For Your Favorite Etude Book?


My dad had a great habit of stopping at Carl Fischer music in Chicago on the way home from work and picking up sheet music for me to practice, and when he brought home The Genius Of Benny Golson I had no idea how it would change my life. It was arranged for piano by Benny, and parts of it were just within my ability. It was my first exposure to jazz piano voicings, his beautifully logical approach to harmony, and of course melodies like Killer Joe, Stablemates, Blues March, and I Remember Clifford. I played through this book endlessly, and when I started my first band in NYC in 2005 his From Dream To Dream was one of the first songs I arranged. Here's what Benny wrote in the preface of the book: