Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Marking the passing of the great pianist, Cedar Walton

The JAZZ pianist CEDAR WALTON died yesterday, age 79.
He contributed to a clutch of fine albums in our collection, including "Mosaic" and "Free For All" by ART BLAKEY & THE JAZZ MESSENGERS, "Giant Steps" by JOHN COLTRANE and "Mode For Joe" by JOE HENDERSON.
Walton's versatility meant he was an in-demand member of sessions from the 1960s onward.
In his book, "Texan Jazz," Dave Oliphant writes:
"One thing that can be said of Walton is that he has played in many different styles and has handled them all with facility and taste."
He was also known for the complexity of his composing, including the title track of Henderson's "Mode For Joe" and the title track of Blakey's "Mosaic."
I'm listening to the latter in the car today, savoring the talents of a pianist we have lost.


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