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Cedar Chest: The Cedar Walton Songbook

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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Cedar Walton has long been recognized as one of the greats among his fellow musicians, but jazz fans may not truly know how many important compositions he has contributed to the jazz canon. This sampler, drawn from recordings for the HighNote and Savant labels, features ten tracks by seven different artists who interpret Walton's compositions. Latin percussionist Sammy Figueroa's fiery setting of "Firm Roots" and funky Latin take of the pianist's well-known "Bolivia" stand out. The late tenor saxophonist David "Fathead" Newman included Walton in his rhythm section for his interpretations of the terrific hard bop vehicle "Black" and hard-blowing performance of "Cedar's Blues"...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Cedar Walton has long been recognized as one of the greats among his fellow musicians, but jazz fans may not truly know how many important compositions he has contributed to the jazz canon. This sampler, drawn from recordings for the HighNote and Savant labels, features ten tracks by seven different artists who interpret Walton's compositions. Latin percussionist Sammy Figueroa's fiery setting of "Firm Roots" and funky Latin take of the pianist's well-known "Bolivia" stand out. The late tenor saxophonist David "Fathead" Newman included Walton in his rhythm section for his interpretations of the terrific hard bop vehicle "Black" and hard-blowing performance of "Cedar's Blues" with terrific solos all around. Guitarist Larry Coryell included Walton in "Fantasy in D" and "Newest Blues." Pianist Mike LeDonne, tenor saxophonist Houston Person, alto saxophonist Vincent Herring, and vocalist Mark Murphy also offer strong interpretations of gems written by Cedar Walton. This compilation will likely get people to not only investigate the CDs from which they were taken, but the original recordings by Walton of each song as well.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/25/2010
  • Label: Highnote
  • UPC: 632375602420
  • Catalog Number: 6024
  • Sales rank: 124,024

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Firm Roots - Sammy Figueroa (5:38)
  2. 2 Black - David "Fathead" Newman (5:33)
  3. 3 Fantasy In D - Larry Coryell (6:34)
  4. 4 Simple Pleasure - Vincent Herring (5:58)
  5. 5 I'll Let You Know - Houston Person (4:49)
  6. 6 Life's Mosaic - Mark Murphy (6:28)
  7. 7 Cedar's Blues - David "Fathead" Newman (5:35)
  8. 8 Bleeker St. Theme - Mike LeDonne (6:54)
  9. 9 Newest Blues - Larry Coryell (6:12)
  10. 10 Bolivia - Sammy Figueroa (6:32)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Larry Coryell Guitar
Curtis Fuller Trombone
Vincent Herring Alto Saxophone
Mark Murphy Vocals
Houston Person Tenor Saxophone
Cedar Walton Piano
Stan Hope Piano
Mike LeDonne Piano
Billy Drummond Drums
Kenny Washington Drums
Eric Alexander Tenor Saxophone
Paul Bollenback Guitar
Bryan Carrott Vibes
Sammy Figueroa Percussion, Conga
Winard Harper Drums
Yoron Israel Drums
Mulgrew Miller Piano
Lee Musiker Piano
David "Fathead" Newman Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Michael Orta Piano
Nicky Orta Bass
Peter Washington Bass
John Webber Bass
Chip White Drums
Buster Williams Bass
Sean Smith Bass
Dave Ballou Trumpet
John Lovell Trumpet
Allen Mezquida Alto Saxophone
David Williams Bass
Joe Farnsworth Drums
Alex Norris Trumpet
Richie Goods Bass
Jeremy Pelt Trumpet
E.J. Strickland Drums
Per-Ola Gadd Bass
John Michalak Saxophone
Gotz Kujack Drums
Technical Credits
Houston Person Recording Producer
Mike LeDonne Recording Producer
Don Sickler Recording Producer
Rachel Faro Recording Producer
Sammy Figueroa Recording Producer
Lee Musiker Arranger
David "Fathead" Newman Recording Producer
David Jaye Liner Notes
Kevin Blackler Mastering
C. Walton Composer
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