Walter Bishop Jr.
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||Seewt and Lovely||Walter Bishop Jr.||6:27||$2.19||View in iTunes|
||Never Let Me Go||Walter Bishop Jr.||5:25||$2.19||View in iTunes|
||You Don't Know What Love It Was||Walter Bishop Jr. & Reggie Jhonson||5:00||$2.19||View in iTunes|
||Lady Barbara||Walter Bishop Jr.||4:36||$2.19||View in iTunes|
||I Should Care||Walter Bishop Jr.||6:14||$2.19||View in iTunes|
||More I See You||Walter Bishop Jr.||4:47||$2.19||View in iTunes|
||The Christmas Song||Walter Bishop Jr.||5:15||$2.19||View in iTunes|
||Farmer's Delight||Walter Bishop Jr.||4:51||$2.19||View in iTunes|
||Up Jumped Spring||Walter Bishop Jr.||8:25||$2.19||View in iTunes|
||Autumn In New York||Walter Bishop Jr.||6:13||$2.19||View in iTunes|
||What Is This Thing Called Love||Walter Bishop Jr.||4:51||$2.19||View in iTunes|
||Midnight Blue||Walter Bishop Jr.||6:06||$2.19||View in iTunes|
This 1991 session is one of Walter Bishop, Jr.'s final dates as a leader prior to his death in 1998 and it is well worth acquiring. With bassist Reggie Johnson and drummer Doug Sides on hand, the bop pianist is in top form. A jaunty "Sweet and Lovely" starts the CD with gusto, followed by an intense, rather brisk samba treatment of "Never Let Me Go." His approach to Mel Tormé's timeless holiday favorite, "The Christmas Song," is a bit more strident than one would expect, but his version won't be confused with anyone else's. Freddie Hubbard's waltz "Up Jumped Spring" finds him skating around the theme in a sometimes discordant manner reminiscent of Monk, while his quotes of "Greensleeves," "Willow Weep for Me," and even "Blue Monk" add a touch of humor. Bishop wrote three of the 12 songs, including the very bluesy "Midnight Blue," the tricky bop piece "Lady Barbara," and "Farmer's Delight," a delightful hard bop vehicle. Recommended.
Born: 10 April 1927 in New York, NY
Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s