- 4 years ago
Playing tracks by
ART BLAKEY'S JAZZ MESSENGERS, Joe Henderson, Blue Mitchell , Freddie Hubbard, Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers and more.
Classic jazz lost one of its great pianists and composers on 19 August 2013. Cedar Walton died at his home in Brooklyn at the age of 79. Most of my memories of Walton are associated with his work with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers in the 1960s. Included in this set are some of his classic compositions for the Jazz Messengers, but also a couple of alternate takes of John Coltrane pieces. According to the Washington Post, the story behind some of these alternates is as follows: "In 1959, the saxophonist Coltrane called on Mr. Walton to record an early version of 'Giant Steps,' a tune that helped reshape the direction of jazz because of its revolutionary chord structure. When Coltrane wanted to record a new version of “Giant Steps” later, Mr. Walton was on the road, and Tommy Flanagan ended up being the pianist on the final recording. Mr. Walton’s contributions remained in a vault until the late 1990s."
May Mr. Walton rest in peace and may his family find peace and comfort as well.