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5.0 out of 5 stars
One Flight Down
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on November 4, 2007
This new Walton's release takes him in a great form at age 72, demonstrating both experience and enthusiasm in this tremendous studio session. Rhythmic section are composed by Vincent Herring (heard on tenor sax, but just on the first two songs), Joe Farnsworth on drums and bassist David Williams getting a very good work they make feel you good vibrations. As for the songs Walton pay rendition to two of his earlier compositions, "One Flight Down" and "The Rubber Man," that are among his very best where Herring's expertness is made manifest. After he performs a Billy Srayhorn's medley where you can hear the always marvellous "Daydream" with some Latin flavour but good, the hypnotist "Lush Life" and "Raincheck" in addition of a good Farnworth's brushwork. Walton delivers a stunning piano solo and Williams's work bass shines in "Seven Minds", classical "Time After Time" much closer to its original and with Walton's rollicking solo instead of a ballad that it is. Two final tracks were composed by people who played important roles in Walton's musical career, Wayne Shorter's "Hammer Head" and Freddie Hubard's "Little Sunflower" both very interesting themes ( Hubbard and Shorter played with Walton in the Jazz Messengers). Highly recommended, I give it 4,5 stars.
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on February 16, 2007
In this CD Cedar performs in the standard trio format, with the exception of the first two tunes that feature Vincent Herring. The performances are flawless, and the emotions Cedar elicits will leave you breathless. He plays with a maturity that left me shaking my head in disbelief. He can take the simplest, corniest and cliche-ridden phrase, insert it in just the right place, and make it his own original and refreshing musical idea. He reharmonizes, tweaks rhythms, drops in little two-measure double-time phrases, and convolutes the melody - and yet, he keeps everything accessible. His interpretations push the boundaries of each tune, but he maintains enough structure and predictability to avoid slipping into ego-driven avant-garde land. The recording mix itself is crisp, clear, and balanced; the acoustic bass never sounds muffled or dominated by low-end hum, the drums are sharp and bright like someone snapping their fingers 6 inches from your ear. This is a fabulous CD that I highly, highly recommend.
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on July 12, 2010
I am listening to Pandora ONE Radio, and am now typing via the drop-down option and this song came on my station based on "Flamenco Sketches" by Miles Davis from the album Kind of Blue.

The song: "Little Sunflowers" is amazing. I just want to give my 2 cents and say that song alone is worth [me[ paying at least 500 cents. Now if I can find it...
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