身为Venus Records旗下最受欢迎的大将，Eddie Higgins与SCOTT HAMILTON（萨克斯）、STEVE GILMORE（贝斯）、BILL GOODWIN（鼓）合作的四重奏已经推出过不少经典专辑。虽然从Bop演奏起家，EddieHiggins四重奏的作品却绝对不会有难以消化的味道，而Eddie Higgins尊重旋律进行的演奏方式，可以让你清楚地回想起歌曲熟悉的旋律。Eddie Higgins对于慢板歌曲的处理的确有一手，在钢琴轻声演奏的同时还能够顾及音色的圆润及节奏的准确拿捏，听来让人沉醉。
7岁就练习钢琴，受到严格的古典音乐训练。受演奏中音Saxphone的父亲的潜移默化，Benny逐渐爱上了爵士音乐。中学时他在学校的乐队演奏，他的天分很快引起歌手Fay Carroll的注意，在Fay Carroll的帮助下，他在一个爵士乐队中演奏，并学到了不少东西。随后他参加了由小号手Hadley Caliman和贝司手Chuck Israels领导的五重奏团。高中毕业时他已成为一位出色的爵士钢琴家。 Benny音乐天分表现在他对钢琴的超凡的驾御能力以及卓越的音乐创造能力，弹奏时不仅指法流畅，给人一气呵成之感，而且更注重音乐内涵的发掘，能引领听者进入并遨游于他的音乐世界中。可以这样说，在Benny的演奏中我们可以找到钢琴巨匠Oscar Peterson的影子。
Number of Discs: 1
Label: Vee Jay Recordings
Eddie Higgins / Benny Green* – Eddie Higgins / The Swingin'est
Label: Blue Moon (4) – VJ-015, Vee Jay Records – VJ-015
Series: Vee Jay Recordings –
Format: CD, Compilation, Remastered
Style: Hard Bop, Swing
Release Date 1960
Recording Date 1958 - 1960
AllMusic Review by Dave Nathan [-]
This album is another welcome entry in the reissues of the Chicago-based Vee-Jay jazz albums recorded during the 1950s and 1960s. One of the Two-in-One series (which takes two sessions originally issued on separate LPs and puts them on a single CD), there's a serious amount of music provided -- in this case, over 76 minutes.
The first set comes from a straight-ahead 1960 session lead by pianist Eddie Higgins, with Chicago-based trumpet player Paul Serrano and Count Basie tenor man Frank Foster joining in on three of the album's seven cuts. The Higgins-composed "Zarac, the Evil One" is the source of one of the album's more attractive tracks. Starting off with Serrano and Foster playing in unison, with Higgins' piano comping behind them and seguing into a Higgins' boppish solo. Higgins' deftness on the piano is heard best on "Falling in Love with Love" and "AB's Blues," where he and the rhythm section, which keeps things moving along throughout the album, go all out to give a bouncy, buoyant rendition of these tunes.
The Benny Green half of the CD was initially issued in 1958 under the title The Swingin'est and was the first jazz album issued by Vee-Jay. It's a much more interesting session than the Higgins' set. Featuring such young lions of the 1950s bop scene as Green, Nat Adderley, and Gene Ammons -- who are joined by Count Basie players Frank Wess and, once again, Frank Foster -- the session is also graced by the inimitable piano player from Detroit, Tommy Flanagan, with Al "Tootie" Heath anchoring the rhythm section. This is one of those blowing sessions that replaced the older jam sessions during the 1950s and 1960s. And blow these players did on such barn burners as "Jugging Around." On this piece, Adderley's trumpet is sassy, while Heath's drums lay out a breathtaking beat. There's excellent ensemble work on Foster's "Going South." Saving the best for last, "Swingin' for Benny" kicks off with a blistering Flanagan solo with the ensemble following in behind and then everyone taking off with extended solo relentlessly urged on by Heath's drums. This latter piece was originally issued on an LP called Juggin' Around. This album has fine music played by young, vigorous musicians, most of whom became jazz giants.
Manufactured By – Blue Moon Producciones Discográficas
Bass – Ed Jones (4) (tracks: 8 to 13), Jim Atlas (tracks: 1 to 7)
Compiled By – Jordi Pujol
Drums – Albert Heath (tracks: 8 to 13), Marshall Thompson (2) (tracks: 1 to 7)
Flute – Frank Wess (tracks: 8 to 13)
Liner Notes [Original] – Frank London Brown, Jon Hendricks
Piano – Eddie Higgins (tracks: 1 to 7), Tommy Flanagan (tracks: 8 to 13)
Tenor Saxophone – Frank Foster, Frank Wess (tracks: 8 to 13), Gene Ammons (tracks: 8 to 13)
Trombone – Benny Green* (tracks: 8 to 13)
Trumpet – Nat Adderley (tracks: 8 to 13), Paul Serrano (tracks: 1 to 7)
Two classic Vee Jay LPs on one CD.
Tracks 1 to 7 recorded at Universal Recorders, Chicago, 1960 and originally issued on Vee Jay LP (SR 3017).
Tracks 8 to 12 recorded at Universal Recorders, Chicago, 1958 and originally released on Vee Jay LP (SR 1005).
Track 13 originally released on Vee Jay LP (3024) entitled "Juggin' Around", which also included tracks 8, 10, 11 & 12.
Compiled & reissued by Fresh Sound Records.
24 bit high resolution remastering.
01. Zarac, the Evil One
02. Falling in Love With Love
03. You Leave Me Breathless
04. Ab's Blues
05. Blues for Big Scotia
06. Foot's Bag
07. Satin Doll
08. Jugging Around
09. Going South
10. Jim Dog
12. Little Ditty
13. Swingin' for Benny