Monday, August 1, 2016

The George Wallington Trio & Septet

George Wallington's technique was huge. When he played, especially with a trio, he filled the space around him with tons of piano. He and his instrument were front and center. But over and above the sheer virtuosity was Wallington's profound joy in playing. Across the ten trio tracks on this Savoy CD, Wallington shares that joy with the listener, not only with his playing but with writing that brims over with melody and invention. Best known as the writer of "Godchild", immortalized on Miles Davis's Birth of the Cool, on these tracks he contributes eight top-flight originals in a more purely bop vein. Among the standout tracks is the standard "I'll Remember April" done as a rhumba that quickly shifts into a double-time test for bassist Curley Russel and drummer Max Roach. "Fine and Dandy," another standard, is an extraordinary feature for Roach's brushwork, both in his playing behind the pianist and in a short, remarkable solo break. Two sextet tracks from 1949 show a more self-effacing Wallington, as he blends behind horn players Gerry Mulligan, Brew Moore, and Kai Winding on "Igloo" and on his own "Knockout," which has a wonderful scat vocal from Buddy Stewart. It's the trio tracks, though, where Wallington's genius shines, with some of the finest piano that bebop has to offer.
Jim Todd

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George Wallington
Trio & Septet


1 Twins (Wallington)  2:19
2 Polka Dot (Wallington)  2:56
3 I'll Remember April (DePaul, Johnston, Raye)  2:32
4 High Score (Wallington)  2:51
5 Hyacinth (Wallington)  2:41
6 Joy Bell (Wallington)  2:25
7 I Didn't Know What Time It Was (Hart, Rodgers)  2:19
8 Fine and Dandy (James, Swift)  3:05
9 Knockout* (Wallington)  2:43
10 Igloo (Lloyd)  2:35
11 Failyland (Wallington)  2:45
12 Racing (Wallington)  2:20


[# 1-8] from the 10" LP Progressive LP-3001
George Wallington - p
Curley Russell - b
Max Roach - dr
Recorded in New York City ; November 21, 1951
[# 9-10] George Wallington - Gerry Mulligan (Savoy XP 8112)
Jerry Lloyd - tp
Kai Winding - tb
Brew Moore - ts

Gerry Mulligan - bs
George Wallington - p
Curly Russell - b
Charlie Perry - dr
Buddy Stewart* - voc
Recorded in New York City ; May 9, 1949
[# 11-12] from the 7" EP, Savoy XP 8112
George Wallington - p
Curley Russell - b
Charlie Perry - dr
Recorded in New York City ; May 9, 1949


duck said...

G'Day Mel, George Wallington is always interesting, thanks again

Baron said...

Thanks Mel ... the Septet tracks ... just what I was searching for ... Baron

Albertito Jazz said...

Thanks for all this marvellous records, Melanchthon.

jazzcat1228 said...

Thank you for another terrific share, Mel.

fcapeau said...

Many thanks, Mel, for this beautiful post ! The occasion to listen to George, of course, but also to Brew Moore, Jerry Loyd and Curley Russell, among others fine musicians.

Melanchthon said...

deGallo said...

Marvelous! Thank you.

Chris said...

another great wallington album, thanks mel

Fred Archtop said...

A true gem. As usual with your fantastic posts.

sep troelstra said...

Many thanks!!

Kovina Kris said...

Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Mahalo, Mel!

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You