JazzTimes - pp.86-7
"Golson remains an awesome modern mainstream improviser, able to craft captivating and emotion-laden melodic lines while sailing through the chord changes with ease afforded by his ultrasharp composer's ear."
Personnel: Benny Golson (saxophone); Benny Golson; Buster Williams (bass instrument); Eddie Henderson (trumpet, flugelhorn); Mike LeDonne (piano); Carl Allen (drums).
Audio Mixer: Dennis Wall.
Liner Note Author: Benny Golson.
Recording information: 39th Street Studios, New York, NY (02/24/2004-02/26/2004).
Photographer: Lisa Stein.
Tying in with his cameo appearance in Steven Spielberg's film The Terminal, saxophonist Benny Golson returns with Terminal 1. Featuring more of his sophisticated and swinging tunes, the album finds Golson in top form on some of his best compositions in years. Joining him on the front line here are esteemed trumpeter Eddie Henderson, deft pianist Mike LeDonne, bassist Buster Williams, and drummer Carl Allen. The title track is a mid-'60s-sounding angular piece designed to bring to mind the hustle of airports. Similarly engaging is the gorgeous ballad "Park Avenue Petite," which allows for some burnished melodicism from Henderson. It is also nice to hear Golson and company dig into the under-recorded standard "Cherry." Calling to mind the best Blue Note-era recordings, Terminal 1 is one flight of fancy not to be missed. ~ Matt Collar