Sunday, June 11, 2017

Claude Williamson (Kenton Presents Sessions)

Claude Williamson has the kind of finely-drawn sensitivity which gives him a sure and incisive awareness of the emotions of those around him. His stability, in the face of this awareness, is a characteristic which deserves applause. Williamson's soft spoken, unassuming manner, too, is deserving of applause, for it makes friends of musicians and non-musicians alike. The young pianist's life is a serious devotion to jazz -a vigorous, hard-working devotion- which can only result in flawness achievements.
Stan Kenton, 1955

Source :

Claude Williamson
Kenton Presents


1 Bouncing With Bud (Powell)  3:02
2 Salute to Bud (Williamson)  2:32
3 Penny (Williamson)  2:47
4 Thou Swell (Hart, Rodgers)  3:07
5 Woody'n You (Gillespie)  2:48
6 Obsession (Williamson)  3:00
7 Indiana (Hanley, MacDonald)  2:33
8 Over the Rainbow (Arlen)  3:20
9 Bean and the Boys (Hawkins)  3:09
10 I Remember You (Mercer, Schertzinger)  2:36
11 All God's Chillun Got Rhythm (Jurmann)  2:35
12 Get Happy (Arlen)  2:33
13 On the Atchison, Topeka, and the Santa Fe (Mercer, Warren)  3:30
14 Spring Is Here (Hart, Rodgers)  3:26
15 Like Someone in Love (Burke, VanHeusen)  4:48
16 My Heart Stood Still (Hart, Rodgers)  2:52
17 Of Thee I Sing (Gershwin)  2:27
18 Don't Get Around Much Anymore (Ellington, Russell)  3:04
19 Yesterdays (Harbach)  5:26
20 The Kerry Dance (Molloy, Comiskey)  2:01
21 Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (Arlen)  3:21


[# 1-11]
Claude Williamson - p
Curtis Counce - b
Stan Levey - dr
Recorded in Hollywood, June 26 [# 6, 11], June 29 [# 3, 5, 7-9], and July 29 [#1, 2, 4, 10], 1954.
[# 14, 16 & 17]
Claude Williamson - p
Max Bennett - b
Stan Levey - dr
Recorded in Hollywood ; May 2, 1955
[# 12, 13, 15*, 18-20*]
Claude Williamson - p & cel*
Buddy Clark - b
Larry Bunker - dr
Recorded in Hollywood ; May 19, 1955


Otis Foster said...

An outstanding session from this talented pianist. Thnx Mel

Kneigh said...

Many, many thanks for this post, Melanchthon!!! This is West Coast Jazz at it's best!! Mr. Williamson was a superb pianist!!


dreadco said...

Love his voicings...
Thank you very much!

neil said...

If you liked this, then check out his 1956 Bethlehem trio album. Many thanks, Mel...

Orbyt said...

This is right up my alley. Merci beaucoup Mel.

Kovina Kris said...

I'm not familiar with CW as a leader so thanks for changing that!

grumpy said...

Thanks, Mel, half of these I've never heard.

Davidscott789 said...

Thank you!

deGallo said...

Thank you.

hepcat said...

This onw is greatly appreciated, many thanks

AmyBRAINS said...

Many thanks, Melanchthon.

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

Melanchthon said...

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Fred Archtop said...

Thanks a million Mel.

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