Bobby Timmons: Dat Dere
Bobby Timmons (piano)
Bobby Timmons In Person: Recorded Live at the Village Vanguard (Riverside 9391)
Composed by Bobby Timmons.
Recorded: Village Vanguard, New York City, October 1, 1961
Rating: 84/100 (learn more)
This underrated 1961 session presents Blakey/Adderley alumnus Bobby Timmons in a trio format with Albert “Tootie” Heath and a young, understated Ron Carter on bass. A Philadelphia native with a penchant for blues and gospel-influenced playing and composing, Timmons alternates hard-bop compositions (“Topsy,” “So Tired”) with standards (“Autumn Leaves,” “They Didn’t Believe Me”) on this date. The chosen track, “Dat Dere,” is one of two Timmons hard-bop classics (alongside “Moanin’”), and is performed tastefully and flawlessly, if perhaps in need of some Jazz Messenger guest appearances.
Reviewer: Eric Novod