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Album Review

The sessions on this LP reissue were originally organized by Leonard Feather to pay tribute to the bop era. The 11 selections (all dating from the mid-to late-'40s) feature pianist George Wallington (who is actually the set's leader), altoist Phil Woods, either Idrees Sulieman or Thad Jones on trumpet, bassist Curley Russell, and either Denzil Best or Art Taylor on drums. About the only surprise occurs on "Salt Peanuts," which has an off-key "vocal" from five-year-old Baird Parker, son of the late Charlie Parker. Otherwise, the playing of Woods makes this a worthwhile session for bop fans.


Born: 27 October 1924 in Palermo, Italy

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '80s

George Wallington was one of the first and best bop pianists, ranking up there with Al Haig, just below Bud Powell. He was also the composer of two bop standards that caught on for a time: "Lemon Drop" and "Godchild." Born in Sicily, Wallington and his family moved to the U.S. in 1925. He arrived in New York in the early '40s and was a member of the first bop group to play on 52nd Street, Dizzy Gillespie's combo of 1943-1944. After spending a year with Joe Marsala's band, Wallington played with the...
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