November 30. 2016
Generally his composing skill has been drawing more attention than his saxophone performance.
However I like his saxophone sound.
Today I will post about his tenor saxophone.
He began to play a piano at age 9 with his mother’s suggestion and had a dream of becoming a concert pianist.
When he was at age 14, he discovered the saxophone and began to blow tenor saxophone since the age of 14.
As a matter of course he heard a famous tenor saxsophone players “Coleman Hawkins and Ben Webster and others.
Especially his idol was Don Byas.
They were playing saxophones with a metal circle attaching the bell to the body of the saxophone.
He noticed that they all had Selmer saxophone.
He quickly went to a local music store to try out one of these saxophone.
Then he became the player of only Selmer saxophones including his soprano since 1951.
He says about Selmer saxophone: “Selmer makes the best instruments in the world.
I have joyfully and successfully played their saxophones since 1951”.
Here is “Benny Golson Interview on Selmer Saxophones”.
Here is “Benny Golson & the Henri Selmer reeds”
Here is Benny Golson plays “Killer Joe”.