Cedar Walton: Bolivia




Cedar Walton (piano)


Midnight Waltz (Venus Records)

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Cedar Walton (piano), Jimmy Cobb (drums),

David Williams (bass)


Composed by Cedar Walton


Recorded: New York, March 18, 2005


Rating: 90/100 (learn more)

Though it has some South American undertones in its melody and rhythm, "Bolivia" is basically a well-crafted post hard-bop tune. It starts with a catchy, angular romp in the left hand that Horace Silver might have penned, and evolves somewhere between the blues and Latin hues. This tune has become a modern standard and has even been sung, but it's interesting to hear it played by its composer. Walton is a relatively underrated musician, perhaps because most of his career was spent as a sideman. The present trio setting, where he can stretch, develop his ideas and show his strong rhythmic chops flanked by a compatible rhythm team, allows those who know little about him to discover this fine pianist and composer.

Reviewer: Thierry Quénum

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