Henry Grimes Trio: Walk On


Walk On


Henry Grimes (bass)


The Call (ESP 1026)

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Henry Grimes (bass), Perry Robinson (clarinet),

Tom Price (drums)


Composed by Perry Robinson


Recorded: December 28, 1965


Rating: 91/100 (learn more)

With Perry Robinson's sharp and angular horn lines, this tune is extremely evocative of early Ornette Coleman. This shouldn't be a surprise, given the fact that Grimes played with the likes of Don Cherry, Albert Ayler, Pharoah Sanders, Cecil Taylor, Archie Shepp, and Billy Higgins. None of this is to say that "Walk On" has nothing to give on its own. There are some breathtaking passages where the trio switches back and forth between full-on skronk (Robinson's extended technique is choice!) to a more standard swing. The elastic tempo changes, their arrival being very unpredictable, add a lot of energy. Throughout all of this, Grimes's bass never loses its footing. Really fun stuff here.

Reviewer: Mark Saleski

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