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Cables Fables

George Cables

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Known for his outstanding work as a sideman with Joe Henderson, Dexter Gordon, and Frank Morgan, George Cables is also a first-rate leader who has primarily recorded for European and Japanese jazz labels. This 1991 session for Steeplechase with two in-demand musicians, bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington, finds the pianist at the top of his game, with an aggressive approach to "In Walked Bud," a playful treatment of Bill Evans' "Waltz for Debby," and an intense setting of Dizzy Gillespie's "Con Alma" that is beautifully set up by his drummer. The pianist is also a strong composer, offering his delicate ballad "Lullaby" (a favorite of Frank Morgan, especially on duo dates with Cables), the buoyant Latin-tinged "Helen's Song," and the gently swaying "Sweet Rita Suite." Cables is no slouch playing standards, including a spacious, extended take of "Over the Rainbow" and a driving "All the Things You Are," which detours into Afro-Cuban licks with regularity.

Biography

Born: 14 November 1944 in New York, NY

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Equally skilled as a leader or as a sideman, George Cables helped to define modern mainstream jazz piano of the 1980s and '90s. When he was 18 and at Mannes College, he formed the Jazz Samaritans with Steve Grossman and Billy Cobham. Cables gained recognition during his stints with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, Sonny Rollins (both in 1969), Joe Henderson (1969-1971), and Freddie Hubbard (1971-1976). He was with Dexter Gordon (1976-1978) during the tenor's successful return to the United States, and...
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  • 11,99 €
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Hard Bop
  • Released: 01 January 1991

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