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Cedar Walton Tribute Part 1

Cedar Walton Tribute Part 1

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.

Comments

Bk Todafullest

This is a truly remarkable tribute to a man known to me as Dad. Some tracks I had never heard and have not heard in 40/45 years. Thank you. -- Rodney Walton.

30 Birds Jazz

Rodney, I can't explain how happy and humbled I am that this tribute meant something to you. I am not old enough to have been alive when this music came out, but my musical passion is Fifties and Sixties jazz. A hobby that I enjoy is classic jazz hunting, so I am actually learning more about your father's gifts as time goes by. Since doing this tribute, I have gotten my hands on some more Blue Mitchell, Pat Martino, and your dad's classic - Cedar! If I could redo this tribute now, I think that it would be even stronger. But that's where I was in August of 2013. I hope that you and your family have found peace in your loss and I will do my miniscule part in trying to help your dad's legacy from his earliest work stay visible. Mitakuye oyasin. All the best, Mark

Bink Figgins

Great stuff.

30 Birds Jazz

I accidentally deleted the following comment just now. My bad, I was trying to respond, not delete. Sorry. *DJ CLONE FUNK has commented on Cedar Walton Tribute: "I love Cedar Walton! but as i am a funky boy i like his later work more!! good luck in achieving your goal!!!"

Here's what I was going to write in response: No worries. I, too, am a fan of funk from the 70s era. However, there's some pretty funky stuff from this era too. Thanks for the encouragement, DJ CLONE FUNK, on making it to the Jazz Category page. Take care.

DrJazz
DrJazz

I concur with my distinguished colleagues, below.

30 Birds Jazz

As always, thanks, DrJ.

IMCollective

Nice work!

30 Birds Jazz

Thanks, IMCollective, for your kind words.

Jazzville
Jazzville

Well done!

30 Birds Jazz

Thanks, Robbie. I appreciate the support.