286

Cedar Walton Trio

C. Andrew Hovan By

Sign in to view read count
Night Town
Cleveland Heights, Ohio

Cedar WaltonEvery spring, jazz fans in Cleveland can look forward to a stupefying array of festivities revolving around the Tri-C JazzFest, which happens to be America's premier educational jazz festival. Over the years, this has also meant that other jazz-related presentations have had the opportunity to ride the coattails of the festival and such was the case with two sets on a warm April evening at Night Town with the Cedar Walton Trio. I have some marked reservations about bringing in national acts and choosing to back them with a local rhythm section and one couldn’t help but wonder how much more fervor might have been generated had Walton brought in the mates from his most recent record, bassist David Williams and drummer Kenny Washington. Still, Cleveland mainstays Dave Morgan and Greg Bandy performed up to their usual high standards throughout the evening and Walton was obviously in good spirits despite his admitted lack of sleep the night before.
In some ways the first set provided an opportunity for this threesome to feel each other out musically. The standards that afforded the framework initially then gave way to some of Walton’s original for the late show. “Bolivia” and “Midnight Waltz” quickly reminded that Walton’s art is as much about his writing as his piano playing. During “Holy Land,” his wry sense of humor raised its head with a quote from “Flight of the Bumblebee.” Then, a lengthy jam on a few Thelonious Monk ditties provided conclusion to what was undoubtedly the stronger of the two sets.
Photo Credit: Chris Hovan


Shop

More Articles

Read Foundation of Funk at Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom Live Reviews Foundation of Funk at Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom
by Geoff Anderson
Published: February 20, 2017
Read The Cookers at Nighttown Live Reviews The Cookers at Nighttown
by C. Andrew Hovan
Published: February 16, 2017
Read Monty Alexander Trio at Longwood Gardens Live Reviews Monty Alexander Trio at Longwood Gardens
by Geno Thackara
Published: February 15, 2017
Read Kronos Festival 2017 Live Reviews Kronos Festival 2017
by Harry S. Pariser
Published: February 12, 2017
Read "2016 Detroit Jazz Festival" Live Reviews 2016 Detroit Jazz Festival
by C. Andrew Hovan
Published: September 18, 2016
Read "Miles Electric Band at SFJAZZ" Live Reviews Miles Electric Band at SFJAZZ
by Harry S. Pariser
Published: June 26, 2016
Read "Siena Jazz 2016" Live Reviews Siena Jazz 2016
by Duncan Heining
Published: August 12, 2016
Read "Tommy Halferty Trio With Seamus Blake at JJ Smyth's" Live Reviews Tommy Halferty Trio With Seamus Blake at JJ Smyth's
by Ian Patterson
Published: February 23, 2016
Read "Houston Person at Kiawah Island, South Carolina" Live Reviews Houston Person at Kiawah Island, South Carolina
by Rob Rosenblum
Published: January 10, 2017
Read "The Cookers at Nighttown" Live Reviews The Cookers at Nighttown
by C. Andrew Hovan
Published: February 16, 2017

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!