Cedar Walton


HighNote HCD 7303
Cedar Walton
Charmed Circle
Live at the Keystone Korner


Cedar Walton remains one of the big names in jazz piano, having started near the beginning of the second wave of the jazz era, when bebop brought a new emphasis to star improvisers. In the 1950s and early '60s Walton hobnobbed with Thelonious Monk and Dizzy Gillespie, played with Art Blakey and John Coltrane and developed his own hard-bop and post-bop style. In following decades, he switched to funk fusion and back to bop and recorded more than 60 albums as a leader. In the mid-'60s and '70s he worked with Abbey Lincoln, Art Farmer, Hank Mobley and many more. He also did electric funk fusion with his groups Mobius and Soundscapes. These live recordings capture Cedar and a hand-picked group of colleagues live in concert at the famed San Francisco jazz club, the Keystone Korner.

CEDAR WALTON, piano and electric piano • Steve Turre, trombone • Manny Boyd, tenor saxophone • Tony Dumas, bass • Ralph Penland, drums

TRACKS: Jacob's Ladder • For All We Know • Charmed Circle • Precious Mountain • Another Star • I Didn't Know What Time It Was • March of the Fishman

 Charmed Circle

 Precious Mountain

 For All We Know

 Jacob's Ladder

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