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The Bouncer

Cedar Walton

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Pianist and composer Cedar Walton is a key figure in the hard-bop tradition: he served as a sideman with trombonist J.J. Johnson; was a member of Benny Golson and Art Farmer’s Jazztet; and played, wrote, and arranged for Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. He’s also recorded dozens of albums as a leader, and in 2011, he released The Bouncer. Here Walton is joined by Vincent Herring on saxophones and flute, bassist David Williams, and drummer Willie Jones III. Trombonist Steve Turre and percussionist Ray Mantilla also make appearances. The openingtitle cut features the frontline of Herring and Turre meshing nicely on the theme and a masterful, old-school solo from Walton. The pianist dazzles in a trio setting of J. J. Johnson’s “Lament,” a tune that Walton first played in the 1950s. His solo is absolutely brimming with ideas. “Halo” is a low-key, swinging waltz that spotlights Herring’s lovely flute work. “Martha’s Prize,” an edgy piece for trio, wraps things up strongly. (Note: the legendary Rudy Van Gelder — born in 1924 — engineered, mixed, and mastered The Bouncer.)

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In Top Form

Once again with passion, technique, and class, he delivers the goods.


Born: January 17, 1934 in Dallas, TX

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

One of the most valued of all hard bop accompanists, Cedar Walton was a versatile pianist whose funky touch and cogent melodic sense graced the recordings of many of jazz's greatest players. He was also one of the music's more underrated composers; although he was always a first-rate interpreter of standards, Walton wrote a number of excellent tunes ("Mosaic," "Ugetsu," and "Bolivia," to name a few) that found their way into Art Blakey's book during the pianist's early-'60s stint with the Jazz Messengers....
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The Bouncer, Cedar Walton
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  • $7.92
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: Jul 19, 2011

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