Cool enough to play at your dinner party, yet hot enough for a serious listen, The Cedar Walton’s Trio releases “Manhattan After Dark” featuring Dale Barlow.
Walton is among the elite of jazz history. He has appeared on such legendary recordings as John Coltrane’s “Giant Steps’ and several others by Art Blakey (whose band, The Jazz Messengers, he joined in 1961), Dexter Gordon, Ornette Coleman, Lee Morgan, Freddie Hubbard and many, many others.
True to his reputation, Walton’s playing on ‘Manhattan After Dark’ is a study of amazing piano technique and intense street-wise urban instincts. His interaction with featured guest, tenor saxophonist, Dale Barlow, especially on the tracks ‘My Heart Stood Still’ and ‘Con Alma’ is a wonderful representation on how the greats recorded and interacted with their band. The album was recorded live in the studio and allows for ‘in the moment’ intuitive movements, as well as lyrical subtleties that pass from musician to musician in their solos.
While “Manhattan After Dark” offers little in modern day innovation, it distinguishes itself as a beautifully performed and record piece that can be enjoyed for several years to come. The Cedar Walton Trio offers a lesson in the beauty of music and the elegance of jazz.
Track Listing: 1. My Heart Stood Still
2. Don't Blame Me
3. Relaxin' at Camarillo
4. Con Alma
5. Darn That Dream
7. I Want To Be Happy
9. Like Someone In Love
Personnel: Cedar Walton - piano
Billy Higgins - drums
Dave Williams - bass
Dale Barlow - tenor saxophone
I love jazz because next to my kids, it's the love of my life.
I was first exposed to jazz by Joe Rico from a tiny station in Niagara Falls in 1954 when I was 13.
The best show I ever attended was Maynard Ferguson who blew the roof off Massey Hall in the late 50s.
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