On this show… kicking off with a bit of a Cedar Walton theme and then some sort of continuity in terms of musicians across a number of the tracks:
- Freddie Hubbard – Body and Soul – Here to Stay – released in 1979 as part of United Artists’ Blue Note reissue series, with previously unreleased material from an all-star quintet including Wayne Shorter (on tenor), Cedar Walton on piano , bassist Reggie Workman, and drummer Philly Joe Jones. An excellent hard bop set including this great version of “Body and Soul.”
- Cedar Walton – Ojos De Rojo – Eastern Rebellion 2 – from the 1977 release from this collective of which Cedar Walton is the nominal leader.
- Clifford Jordan – Blues for Muse – The Highest Mountain – Tenor-saxophonist Clifford Jordan teams up with pianist Cedar Walton, bassist Sam Jones and drummer Billy Higgins for this excellent modern hard bop set
- Billy Higgins – East Side Stomp – Mr. Billy Higgins – and to keep the continuity going here is 1984 album with Billy mostly playing a supportive role , backing saxophonist Gary Bias , pianist William Henderson, and bassist Tony Dumas. with some modal post-bop.
- Gregory Porter – 1960 What? -Water – released last year and the stand out track from an album where he was described as the next big thing in the jazz male vocal world – not so sure about that statement but this is a great tune.
- Dexter Gordon – Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool – Gettin’ Around – from 1965 and Dexter teaming up with vibist Bobby Hutcherson, Barry Harris, Bob Cranshaw and Billy Higgins to create a bautiful post-bop album with some brilliant interplay between the two lead instruments.
- Bobby Hutcherson – Maiden Voyage – Happenings – Bobby’s first quartet recording highlights his soloing abilities, matching him with pianist Herbie Hancock drummer Joe Chambers, and bassist Bob Cranshaw.
- Red Garland Quintet – Solitude- High Pressure – a classic 1957 date with pianist Red Garland, tenor saxophonist John Coltrane trumpeter Donald Byrd, along with bassist George Joyner and drummer Art Taylor.
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