Thursday, May 24, 2012

George Wallington Trios (1952-1953)

George Wallington was one of the first and best bop pianists, ranking up there with Al Haig, just below Bud Powell. He was also the composer of two bop standards that caught on for a time: "Lemon Drop" and "Godchild." Born in Sicily, Wallington and his family moved to the U.S. in 1925. He arrived in New York in the early '40s and was a member of the first bop group to play on 52nd Street, Dizzy Gillespie's combo of 1943-1944. After spending a year with Joe Marsala's band, Wallington played with the who's who of bop during 1946-1952, including Charlie Parker, Serge Chaloff, Allan Eager, Kai Winding, Terry Gibbs, Brew Moore, Al Cohn, Gerry Mulligan, Zoot Sims, and Red Rodney. He toured Europe with Lionel Hampton's ill-fated big band of 1953, and during 1954-1960 he led groups in New York that included among its up-and-coming sidemen Donald Byrd and Jackie McLean (the latter succeeded by Phil Woods). Then, in 1960, Wallington gave up on the music business altogether and retired to work in his family's air-conditioning company. 24 years later he re-emerged, recording three albums of original material before time ran out.
Scott Yanow

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George Wallington


1 Love Beat (Wallington) 2:48
2 Summer Rain (Wallington) 2:41
3 Escalating (Wallington) 2:52
4 Laura (Mercer, Raskin) 2:52
5 Tenderly (Gross, Lawrence) 2:54
6 When Your Old Wedding Ring Was New (Douglas, Salieri, McCarthy) 2:31
7 Red, White and Blue (Wallington) 2:41
8 Arrivederci (Wallington) 2:22
9 Squeezer's Breezer (Wallington) 2:16
10 Among Friends (Wallington) 2:55
11 Variations (Wallington) 4:31
12 My Nephew And I (Wallington) 2:36
13 Ours (Feather) 2:25
14 I Married an Angel (Rogers, Hart) 2:29
15 Cukoo Around the Clock (Wallington) 2:22


George Wallington - p
Charles Mingus - b [# 1-4]
Oscar Pettiford - b [# 5-8]
Curly Russell - b [other selections]
Max Roach - dr 

Recorded in New York ; September 4, 1952 [# 1-8] ; & May 25, 1953 [# 9-15]


Philo said...

George Wallington - Trios (1952)

I have this cd in my collection. This is one time where I agree with Scott Yanow. Very nice stuff.

"Originally released as a pair of 10" Prestige albums, this CD reissue features the talented bop-oriented pianist George Wallington in trios with either Charles Mingus, Oscar Pettiford, or Curly Russell on bass plus drummer Max Roach; guitarist Chuck Wayne sits in on mandola on "Love Beat." The 15 songs include concise interpretations of ten of Wallington's originals and it seems strange that latter-day jazz musicians have yet to really explore his inventive tunes. This is one of the best showcases ever of Wallington's playing and writing talents." AMG

Anselmo said...

I'd love to hear this trio, really should be the best . Have a password!!

Frasco said...

Thank you very much, Mel!

L.O.L. said...


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Anonymous said...

Could we please get a reupload on this? Love your work