Notes and Editorial Reviews
1. Willow Weep for Me
3. Bremond's Blues
4. So in Love
5. Book's Bossa
6. Out of the Past
7. He's a Real Gone Guy
8. Something in Common
Personnel: Cedar Walton (piano); Kenny Garrett (alto saxophone); Charles Davis (baritone saxophone); Steve Turre (trombone); Don Sickler (trumpet); Ron Carter (bass); Billy Higgins (drums).
Recorded at RCA Studios, New York, New York in September 1986. Includes liner notes by James Isaacs.
Personnel: Cedar Walton (piano); Kenny Garrett (alto saxophone); Lou Orensteen (tenor saxophone); Charles Davis (baritone saxophone); Don Sickler
(trumpet); Steve Turre (trombone); Billy Higgins (drums).
Liner Note Author: James Isaacs.
Recording information: RCA Recording Studios, New York, NY (09/29/1986-09/30/1986); RCA Studios, New York, NY (09/29/1986-09/30/1986).
These nine selections are taken from pianist/composer Cedar Walton's first three releases for Prestige, recorded between 1967 and 1969. All selections are Walton originals arranged for trio, quartet and quintet. Although he was already a well-known sideman (with Art Blakey, among others), these recordings introduced the appealingly energetic and rootsy pianist as a leader. CEDAR!, Walton's excellent 1967 debut, is well represented here. "Turquoise Twice," is a hard-driving, Coltrane-influenced tune, with crisp soloing by Walton, Kenny Dorham (trumpet), and Junior Cook (tenor). "Twilight Waltz" has both charm and swing, fueled by the drumming of Billy Higgins. Selections from Cedar Walton's second and third albums, SPECTRUM and THE ELECTRIC BOOGALOO SONG (released as a single CD entitled SPECTRUM) comprise the remainder of the disc. "Higgins Holler" and "Jake's Milkshakes" are funky numbers with a nod to rock 'n roll. Backed by Jack DeJohnette on drums, Blue Mitchell on trumpet, and Clifford Jordan on tenor, Walton's playing is almost hyperactive, missing some of the rigor exhibited on his debut. This is a fine introduction to Cedar Walton, although the mastering of this compilation is not quite as clear as that done on CEDAR! and SPECTRUM.
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