Cedar Walton (Astor Place: Roots
Cedar Chest. Cedar Walton’s latest release takes on a decidedly medium to big band flavor. The sound is crisp and clean, as are the performances. Walton, as should be, is the stand out on this disc. He plays with the articulation that one has come to expect from this superb jazz musician. His interaction with his extended group of players is exceptional with none of the performances ever disintegrating into a jam. This is sophisticated and readily consumable mainstream jazz that is well recommended.
Track Listing: Boliva; Ojos De Rojo; When Love is New; I
Personnel: Cedar Walton: Piano, Ron Carter: Bass; Lewis Nash: Drums; Joshua Redman: Tenor Saxophone; Terrance Blanchard: Trumpet; Mark Whitfield: Guitar; Don Sickler: Trumpet, Flugelhorn; Bobby Porcelli: Alto Saxophone; Willie Williams: Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone; Scott Whitfield: Trombone; Gary Smulyan; Ray Mantilla: Percussion