Wynton Kelly: Autumn Leaves


Autumn Leaves


Wynton Kelly (piano)


Birmingham Jazz Festival, Volume 4, The Early Years (Consolidated Artists Productions)

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Wynton Kelly (piano),

unknown bassist and drummer


Composed by Joseph Kosma & Jacques Prevert


Recorded: Birmingham Jazz Festival, 1961


Rating: 84/100 (learn more)

Wynton Kelly recorded only once with the Jazz Messengers on an interesting 1957 session billed as The Jazz Messengers + 4 (released as Theory of Art and Second Edition 1957 ). Expanded to a nonet, this unique Messengers lineup featured Kelly and Art Blakey along with Lee Morgan, Sahib Shihab, Johnny Griffin and Cecil Payne, among others. Equally distinctive is this trio performance from the 1961 Birmingham Jazz Festival. After an extended unaccompanied intro, a whisper-soft rhythm section enters, but this is essentially a Kelly solo performance. His shifting between chordal expressions of the melody and his naturally soulful improvised lines make this track an excellent representation of Kelly's wide range of stylistic abilities.

Reviewer: Eric Novod

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