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  Исполнитель(и) :
   Walton, Cedar  (Piano)
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  Наименование CD :
   Underground Memoirs

Год издания : 2005

Компания звукозаписи : HighNote, (wb)

Музыкальный стиль : Hard Bop, Piano Jazz

Время звучания : 53:47

Код CD : HCD 7119

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CD, стоящие на полке рядом : Jazz (Piano - Bop)      

Recording Date: January 11, 2005

In 2005, the HighNote label brought out Underground Memoirs, a nearly 54-minute solo album by modern mainstream jazz pianist Cedar Walton. Although it wasn't without precedent, Walton certainly didn't make a lot of solo recordings after the age of 60. Looking back through his primary discography, in fact, the closest thing to an immediate predecessor for Underground Memoirs is an unaccompanied piano album from 1992 issued as Vol. 25 in the Concord Jazz label's Live at Maybeck Recital Hall Series. Walton was just a few days short of his 71st birthday when he recorded Underground Memoirs at The Studio in New York City on January 11, 2005. A lifetime of practical and genre-defining experience in the mainstreams of modern jazz enabled the pianist to engage on a personal level with standards and ballads that clearly held significance for him. For those who listen with open hearts, the album becomes a confluence of composers and interpreters who include Richard Rodgers, Cole Porter, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, and Miles Davis. The title track, composed by Walton, may be sending the message that this great set of musical traditions - even those which yield music that is deemed accessible and readily acceptable - have always existed in a sort of underground where the public seems only to venture from time to time. The man who played piano with Art Blakey, Milt Jackson, John Coltrane, and Ornette Coleman certainly carried a wealth of experiences on which to reflect. His Underground Memoirs are recommended for restful contemplation, intimate dining, and relaxed conversation among friends.

All Music Guide


Underground Memoirs The strength of any great musical interpreter is his or her ability to see the truth at the core of any great tune. This capability to assess the inner beauty of a memorable tune, regardless of context, can sometimes turn an inspired player into an equally noteworthy composer. That's the case with pianist Cedar Walton, who, now in his early '70s, contributed a number of well-known pieces to the late drummer Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers songbook of the early '60s, and has continued to pen memorable hard bop tunes in the ensuing years.

Underground Memoirs is Walton's fourth solo outing in a career that spans six decades and collaborations with a veritable who's who of jazz, including saxophonists John Coltrane, Wayne Shorter, and Joe Henderson; and more recently, guitarist Larry Coryell, Manhattan Transfer singer Janis Siegel, and saxophonist David "Fathead Newman. He has chosen to interpret a programme of largely well-heeled standards, rather than contribute from a compositional perspective. Still, Walton understands the concept of a good story well told, adopting a decidedly non-virtuosic approach and remaining true to the material in a way that echoes Keith Jarrett's similarly faithful and uncharacteristically unflamboyant '99 home recording The Melody at Night, With You.

That's not to say that Walton and Jarrett share much in common; Jarrett's typical stream-of-consciousness approach is far removed from Walton's more thoughtful, but never overly-considered, means of interpretation. But both players, at least on these two recordings, share an apparent common musical goal that places the song first and the ego second, although there is certainly no lack of personality on either disc.

Three of the tunes covered by Walton are inspired by the late Miles Davis-someone with whom Walton never worked, but whose directness clearly informs his take on "Milestones, as well as two tunes commonly associated with Miles: "Someday My Prince Will Come and "On Green Dolphin Street. Walton retains a stronger hard bop approach than Miles would employ from the early '60s onwards, and he demonstrates an unfailing ability to get inside the melody of everything from Hoagy Carmichael's "Skylark and Cole Porter's "Everytime We Say Goodbye to Duke Ellington's "Sophisticated Lady. He also uses the freedom afforded by the solo setting to be more interpretive in a time sense, also stretching the compositions' harmonic potential while still remaining well inside the mainstream.

Walton's better-known role as the consummate accompanist sometimes overshadows his evocative strengths as a soloist, but Underground Memoirs offers an opportunity to hear him in that most exposed of contexts. The result is just under an hour's worth of nuanced reinvention and reverent reimagining.



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   1 Milestones         0:04:27 Miles Davis
   2 Lost April         0:06:51 Eddie DeLange
   3 Someday My Prince Will Come         0:04:38 Frank Churchill / Larry Morey
   4 Con Alma         0:04:06 Dizzy Gillespie
   5 Skylark         0:04:50 Hoagy Carmichael / Johnny Mercer
   6 Everytime We Say Goodbye         0:06:25 Cole Porter
   7 On Green Dolphin Street         0:05:55 Bronislaw Kaper / Ned Washington
   8 Underground Memoirs         0:05:53 Cedar Walton
   9 Sophisticated Lady     T       0:05:46 Duke Ellington / Irving Mills / Mitchell Parish
   10 I Want To Talk About You         0:04:55  


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