View Full Version : CEDAR WALTON - Jazz Lib 2/7/2011 (this Sat)
I see Alyn has Cedar up for discussion this weekend with tracks including "Mosaic" (Blakey), Eastern Rebellion (with George Coleman), Lee Morgan/Jackie M ("Tomcat") and Kenny Dorham's (part) vocal album for Riverside - i.e. Cedar's recording debut...and much more.
Should be well worth a listen.
Wot no "Free For All" avec Blakey and Wayne!!!
Cedar also made some wonderful quartet albums with Cllifford Jordon, Sam Jones and Billy Higgins for Steeplechase. Also, I think, Hank Mobley's very last session? A live album.
Very good programme and contradicts what I said about "interview led" shows a la Johnny Griffin.
I found Cedar's thoughts on Bluenote interesting (and he was the house pianist for Prestige for a while in the early '60s), especially when he said the Alfred Lion gave the band three of four days rehersal before they recorded a date. I thought it was only a day.
Lou Donaldson once said HE had no prep and just went in and cut them! Quite possibly.
How about a thumbs up for a similar pianist, Mulgrew Miller ?
Totally under-appreciated, in my opinion.
Mulgrew Miller is a fine musician who 'gets on with it' with a minimum of fuss, he seem to be a neo bopper by nature not ideology.
I suppose the difference between Walton and him is that Walton was so much of his time (in a good way) not avant garde but up to date the music he played was fresh.
Walton sounded a bit like Tyner in the mid 60s I don't think it was a deliberate impersonation. He and Reggie Workman give the Messengers a Coltranish edge and Shorter is at his most Trane like on Free For All and Kyoto, which a very good album but short and with a dodgy vocal, Nihon Bash is one of the hottest post bop tracks there is if memory serves. A few bars can be heard here.http://images.amplified.com/FLVStream/Catalog/6bc271c0-d5eb-4dfb-8d3f-26c9d78f7881/Product/3cc1e5bc-5f29-4146-b520-de030a20ba5b/UMG_audclp_00025218614528_01_004_10050_0002_102.mp 3
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