Cedar Walton is one of the last great jazz pianists of the hard bop era. His compositions have been recorded by many masters of jazz — past and present — often with Walton providing his lustrous, clear-as-cut-glass piano style.
Moving to New York in the late 1950s, Walton's articulate, sublimely melodic piano playing and intellectually stimulating compositions found their way onto the bandstands and recordings of the top hard boppers of that fevered age. Walton worked… more »
This CD reissue brings back a classic set featuring four giants of the modern mainstream: pianist/leader Cedar Walton, tenor-saxophonist George Coleman, bassist Sam Jones and drummer Billy Higgins. All five performances are noteworthy, particularly a definitive version of Walton’s most famous composition “Bolivia,” Coleman’s tricky “5/4 Thing” and Jones’s boppish “Bittersweet.” The veteran musicians all sound quite inspired on this advanced straightahead set. A gem. – Scott Yanow