Born: March 1, 1930 | Died: June 26, 2010
Born in New Orleans, Powell is, perhaps, best known for his 12-year tenure (1951-63) with Count Basie, and for his eight-bar contribution to the Count's all-time big hit, April in Paris. But more than that, Powell, in his all-too-rare solos with the Basie band, displayed a blues-laced, story-telling approach to improvisation. Check out, for instance, his masterfully balanced two-chorus statement on Blues Backstage from 1954, or In a Mellotone, recorded in a live performance five years later.
After leaving Basie, Powell embarked upon a rich, diverse musical career. A versatile and accomplished player, he has worked extensively on Broadway, television, and on numerous recordings....
- Nextep by Andrew Velez
- Nextep by Dan McClenaghan
--Makin' Music NY
Last year, jazz writer Andrew Velez & Benny gave us permission to reprint a great article entitled, Benny Powell: Trombone Titan.
Additionally, here are links to a few articles written about Benny by jazz writer Bob Bernotas:
Benny Powell's playing has always had a flowing coherence --Nat Hentoff
“Be assured [NEXTEP] is no trip down nostalgia lane...