Post Tagged with: "Cedar Walton"

Half Notes: Cedar Walton – The Bouncer (2011)

There’s not a whole lot of jazz performers who first started out recording in the 50s and are still doing so today, but as I listen to Cedar Walton’s latest The Bouncer, I’m a lot more apt to think how vibrant he still sounds than how long the 77 year old legendary pianist and composer has been around. Like hisRead More

One Track Mind: John Coltrane, "Like Sonny" (1961)

One Track Mind: John Coltrane, "Like Sonny" (1961)

by Nick DeRiso “Like Sonny,” reportedly based on an element of a Sonny Rollins solo — perhaps during “My Old Flame,” from Kenny Dorham’s 1957 Jazz Contrasts record? — illustrates the remarkable attention to detail that still makes John Coltrane’s music not just interesting but important. He wasn’t a stylist, or someone attempting to mimic someone else. Coltrane was tryingRead More

Three Reliable Vets from HighNote Records: Joey DeFrancesco, Houston Person and Cedar Walton (2009)

Three Reliable Vets from HighNote Records: Joey DeFrancesco, Houston Person and Cedar Walton (2009)

by S. Victor Aaron This installment of Quickies takes a glance at three new offerings from HighNote Records. HighNote Reocrds, in case you didn’t know, has been around since 1996, a creation of former Muse Records founder and Prestige Records exec Joe Fields. As a longtime veteran of the whole jazz record biz, Fields had been able to stock hisRead More

Milt Jackson – The Prophet Speaks (1994)

NICK DERISO: The second LP by vibesman Milt Jackson on Quincy Jones’ Qwest label made his late-career reemergence complete. Where the earlier “Reverence and Compassion” featured small-group offerings coupled with lush, orchestral pieces, “The Prophet Speaks” — issued just five years before Jackson’s passing — was far bluesier and much more substantial. Jackson kept the working group in place, includingRead More

Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers – Caravan (1962)

NICK DERISO: Art Blakey demanded bravado from his bands, and this one was perhaps his most intense and adventurous. Debuting here on Riverside, “Caravan” opens with Blakey’s audacious drum solo — then moves quickly into an assertive and simply awe-inspiring take on a track once defined by Duke Ellington. A muscular trio of trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, bone player Curtis FullerRead More

Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers – Art Collection (1992)

Funky and tough, the Jazz Messengers were, until the very end, a group best heard blasting away on stage as vital, hard bop pioneers. That made this the definitive late-period release from Art Blakey. “Art Collection” features two celebrated tracks with Wynton and Branford Marsalis, as well as one with Bobby Watson and Wynton Marsalis, and another with long-tenured tenorRead More