One Flight Down

Performers Cedar Walton

Highnote Records, Inc. | June 2, 2008 | Compact Disc

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Cedar Walton shows no signs of slowing down at age 72, demonstrating both experience and enthusiasm in this invigorating studio session. Accompanied by Vincent Herring (heard on tenor sax, but just on the first two songs), bassist David Williams, and drummer Joe Farnsworth, the pianist revisits two of his earlier compositions, "One Flight Down" and "The Rubber Man," that are among his very best. He then switches gears and offers an engaging medley of three favorite Billy Strayhorn standards. The playfulness of the brisk treatment of "Lush Life" removes its maudlin character. Likewise, the usually plaintive ballad "Daydream" benefits from adding a Latin rhythm and Walton's breezy interpretation. Farnsworth's crisp brushwork propels the fast rendition of "Raincheck." Williams is prominently featured in the late Sam Jones' "Seven Minds," though Walton delivers a stunning solo of his own. The one non-Strayhorn standard of the date is "Time After Time," performed at an easygoing tempo much closer to its original setting than typical jazz performances, though Walton doesn't mind adding a few fancy flourishes in his rollicking solo. Highly recommended. ~ Ken Dryden

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: June 2, 2008

Genre: Piano

Style: Jazz Instrument

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Originally Released: 2006

Label Name: Highnote Records, Inc.

UPC: 632375715724

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One Flight Down

One Flight Down

Performers Cedar Walton

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: June 2, 2008

Genre: Piano

Style: Jazz Instrument

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Originally Released: 2006

Label Name: Highnote Records, Inc.

UPC: 632375715724


Title Track Time
1.One Flight Down --
2.Rubber Man --
3.Strayhorn Medley --
4.Seven Minds --
5.Time After Time --
6.Hammer Head --
7.Little Sunflower --

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Cedar Walton shows no signs of slowing down at age 72, demonstrating both experience and enthusiasm in this invigorating studio session. Accompanied by Vincent Herring (heard on tenor sax, but just on the first two songs), bassist David Williams, and drummer Joe Farnsworth, the pianist revisits two of his earlier compositions, "One Flight Down" and "The Rubber Man," that are among his very best. He then switches gears and offers an engaging medley of three favorite Billy Strayhorn standards. The playfulness of the brisk treatment of "Lush Life" removes its maudlin character. Likewise, the usually plaintive ballad "Daydream" benefits from adding a Latin rhythm and Walton's breezy interpretation. Farnsworth's crisp brushwork propels the fast rendition of "Raincheck." Williams is prominently featured in the late Sam Jones' "Seven Minds," though Walton delivers a stunning solo of his own. The one non-Strayhorn standard of the date is "Time After Time," performed at an easygoing tempo much closer to its original setting than typical jazz performances, though Walton doesn't mind adding a few fancy flourishes in his rollicking solo. Highly recommended. ~ Ken Dryden
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