Saturday, February 16, 2013

Randy Weston à la Bohemia

Randy Weston, who was more under Thelonious Monk's influence back in 1956 then he would be in the near future, is in top form during this live set. His quartet features the rarely heard but talented baritonist Cecil Payne, bassist Ahmed Abdul-Malik and drummer Al Dreares. Highpoints of the straightahead set (which has been reissued on CD) include the calypso "Hold 'Em Joe" (recorded almost a decade before Sonny Rollins), "It's All Right with Me" (one of two trio tracks) and the lone Weston original on the date, the stimulating "Chessman's Delight."
Scott Yanow

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Randy Weston
Jazz á la Bohemia


1 Theme: Solemn Meditation (Gill) 0:45
2 Just a Riff (Catlett) 9:50
3 You Go to My Head (Coots, Gillespie) 6:10
4 Once in a While (Edwards, Green) 6:26
5 Hold 'Em Joe (Traditional) 7:24
6 It's All Right With Me (Porter) 3:48
7 Chessman's Delight (Weston) 9:26
8 Theme: Solemn Meditation (Gill) 1:24

Randy Weston - p
Cecil Payne - bs
Ahmed Abdul-Malik - b
Al Dreares - dr

Recorded at the Cafe Bohemia, New York ; October 25, 1956


grumpy said...

Thanks again, Mel, looking forward to this one.

BlueNote97 said...

Thank you very much. I am extremely interested in Cecil Payne. This bunch of recordings is much appreciathed.

swamielmo said...

looks like another great one. i love weston and payne. cool doin's

Baron said...

Thank you Mel ... Cecil Payne is the attraction for me ... Baron

Eric said...

Randy Weston has been a favorite of mine for 50 years, and he certainly stanbds the test of time. Thank you,

Melanchthon said...

X75a said...

Thanks Mel, as always.

jazzcat1228 said...

Man, Mel, it is so good to have you back. Thank you for continuing to share such great stuff. I'm really excited to hear this one.

Pernath said...

Cool sleeve! Thanks Mel!

Music Maven said...

Many thanks for highlighting this and other hard-to-find, out-of-print albums -- many I wasn't even aware existed.

Prof. Yaffle said...

Many thanks

Melanchthon said...

nick said...

Thanks for resposting this, mel -- this is a great album. I'm glad to hear it again!