George Wallington Quintet – Jazz For The Carriage Trade (1956) [Analogue Productions 2014]
SACD Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 35:58 minutes | Front/Rear Covers | 1,45 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Mono(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/96 kHz | Front/Rear Covers | 747 MB
Besides his importance as one of the first bop pianists, a major jazz composer, and a prototypical trio player (as heard on The George Wallington Trios), for a time pianist George Wallington was also a New York combo leader and talent scout on the order of Art Blakey and Miles Davis. This 1956 session comes from the period when Wallington was musical director at the Cafe Bohemia in Greenwich Village, where the present quintet introduced then-young lions trumpeter Donald Byrd and alto saxophonist Phil Woods to jazz’s major leagues.
During 1956-57 trumpeter Donald Byrd and altoist Phil Woods (both important up-and-coming players) were regular members of pianist George Wallington’s quintet. For this CD reissue, bassist Teddy Kotick and drummer Art Taylor complete the group on a program that includes three standards (“Our Delight,” “Our Love Is Here to Stay” and “What’s New”), a pair of Woods originals (“Together We Wail” and “But George”) and Frank Foster’s “Foster Dulles.” The music falls between bebop and hard bop with Woods sounding quite strong while Byrd comes across as a promising (but not yet mature) youngster. A fine example of this somewhat forgotten but talented group, easily recommended to bop collectors.
01. Our Delight
02. Love Is Here to Stay
03. Foster Dulles
04. Together We Wail
05. What’s New?
06. But George
George Wallington – piano
Donald Byrd – trumpet
Phil Woods – alto saxophone
Teddy Kotick – bass
Bill Bradley – drums
Recorded on January 20, 1956 at Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ.
Mastered for this SACD by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio.