BENNIE GREEN
                     Soul Stirrin'
                    Recording Date 
                        April 28, 1958

                        Gene Ammons    TS,Vo
                        Sonny Clark        P
                        Babs Gonzales    Vo
                        Bennie Green     TB,Vo 
                        Ike Isaacs           B 
                        Elvin Jones          D 
                        Billy Root            TS,Vo


Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Soul Stirrin' is an invigorating, exciting date from trombonist Bennie Green, showcasing his wide range of skills. His tone is alternately boisterous and reflective — the juxtaposition of the wildly swinging "We Wanna Cook" (complete with shouted vocals) and the gentle "That's All" is startling, demonstrating that Green can vary his robust sound according to the occasion. Green's fluid trombone is at the center stage throughout most of Soul Stirrin', but he also steps aside to shine some light on his extraordinary support group — saxophonists Gene Ammons and Billy Root, pianist Sonny Clark, bassist Ike Isaacs and drummer Elvin Jones. Each musician plays with soul and passion, both on the laidback blues and mambos and the rollicking swing numbers. It's a thoroughly enjoyable record and one that is a good introduction to Green's wonderful, friendly style.

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