Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Cedar Walton - Spectrum (1995) [Prestige]

Cedar Walton - Spectrum (1995) [Prestige]
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Genre ~ Hard Bop | Label ~ Prestige Records

Two of pianist Cedar Walton's lesser-known Prestige albums (Spectrum and "The Electric Boogaloo Song") are combined on this single-CD reissue. With strong assistance from trumpeter Blue Mitchell, tenor saxophonist Clifford Jordan and one of two rhythm sections (either Richard Davis or Bob Cranshaw on bass and Jack DeJohnette or Mickey Roker on drums), Walton performs six of his originals ("Ugetsu" is best-known while "The Electric Boogaloo Song" was an attempt at a hit), two standards, Clifford Jordan's "Impressions of Scandinavia" and Calvin Massey's "Lady Charlotte." The music, essentially advanced hard bop with a few odd twists, is well-played if not essential. ~Allmusic

01. Higgins Holler (10:27)
02. Days of Wine and Roses (8:56)
03. Jake's Milkshakes (4:02)
04. Spectrum (5:45)
05. Lady Charlotte (6:16)
06. The Electric Boogaloo Song (8:20)
07. You Stepped Out of a Dream (7:51)
08. Impressİons of Scandinavia (5:13)
09. Sabbatical (8:17)
10. Ugetsu (5:03)

Cedar Walton - piano, electric piano (on #6 only)
Blue Mitchell - trumpet
Clifford Jordan - tenor saxophone, flute (on #9 only)
Richard Davis - bass (#1-5)
Bob Cranshaw - bass (#6-10)
Jack DeJohnette - drums (#1-5)
Mickey Roker - drums (#6-10)

Produced by Don Schlitten
#1-5 recorded in New York City (May 24, 1968) by Richard Alderson
#6-10 recorded in New York City (January 14, 1969) by Dave Jones
Digital remastering, 1994 - Phil De Lancie (Fantasy Studios, Berkeley)
Art direction by Phil Carroll
Cover photography by Morty Yoss
Liner notes by Mark Gardner (July-1968) and Ira Gitler (April-1969)

Thanks to the original releaser.