August 21, 2013 – 10:18 am

CEDAR WALTON R.I.P. 1934-2013

Cedar Walton, a New York pianist who won America’s highest jazz honor – a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Fellowship (2010) – died August 19, 2013 in his Brooklyn home, according to the NEA and news reports. He was 79. Walton, a hard bop jazz pianist, came to prominence as a member of drummer Art Blakey’s band before establishing a long career as a bandleader and composer. Walton served in the Army in the mid-1950s, then settled in New York, working with Johnson, Art Farmer, Kenny Dorham and, most significantly, with Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, from 1961 to ’64. The Chicago Tribune also noted that starting in the 1970s, Walton led his Eastern Rebellion, a widely admired ensemble that endured for more than two decades, performing periodically in Chicago.

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Paris 1990 [no label, 2CD]

Live at Latitude St. Germain, Paris, France; March 21, 1990. Excellent FM broadcast (some FM hiss). Goody Remaster.

Thanks to original uploader Watten; and to Goody for the remaster and who shared the tracks at Dime.

Goody’s comments:

I have no idea why there are two performances of “Cedar’s Blues”, but I’m not complaining! Most likely, this broadcast was compiled from more than one date. Watten’s original torrent had no splits for what are now tracks 10, 11 and 12. Upon listening to a very long Track 10 in the source, I discovered the other titles and tracked them for this edition. I also lowered the volume of all the tracks, as they were a bit hot and in the red, but not so that they appear distorted, fortunately. Any big glitches I found are now repaired, and I came across many other little clicks, pops and static which I also did my best to repair or reduce. There may still be more of those here that I could have missed in trying to get this out to you, (hopefully, not,) to help celebrate Cedar’s life and music. These performances are among his and the trio’s best. And what a trio it was! Everyone gets multiple chances to really shine.

Picture posted at npr.org.

Watten’s source:
FM (jazz club, France musique)/Yamaha KX500/Audacity/XAct

Goody’s additional lineage:
TLH (WAV) > Audition (Hard limiting; click, pop and glitch repair; tracking/splits/fades) > TLH (FLAC Level 8; Align sector boundaries; .ffp)

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Disc 1
Track 101. I’ve Grown Accustomed To Her Face (10.9MB)
Track 102. Django (15.0MB)
Track 103. Memories Of You (18.1MB)
Track 104. Theme for Ernie (16.3MB)
Track 105. Evidence - Ruby, My Dear (10.3MB)
Track 106. Off Minor (13.7MB)
Track 107. ‘Round Midnight (8.7MB)
Track 108. Blue Monk - Rhythm-A-Ning (17.1MB)
Track 109. Theme For Red (6.7MB)

Disc 2
Track 201. Love For Sale Cedar’s Blues (15.7MB)
Track 202. Somewhere Over The Rainbow (12.1MB)
Track 203. Cedar’s Blues (17.3MB)
Track 204. Lament (17.3MB)
Track 205. N. P. S. (11.8MB)
Track 206. Fiesta Espanola (13.0MB)
Track 207. On the Trail (12.1MB)
Track 208. Radio announcement (1.1MB)
Track 209. Iron Clad (19.9MB)
TT : 141 minutes

Cedar Walton - piano
David Williams - bass
Billy Higgins - drums

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  1. 5 Responses to “CEDAR WALTON TRIO - PARIS 1990 (CEDAR WALTON R.I.P. 1934-2013)”

  2. One of the greats. He plays several Monk tunes but definitely was a giant in his own right. Thank you!

    By MrBill on Aug 21, 2013

  3. I got to hear and meet Cedar Walton many years ago-near San francisco-he was one the greats-RIP my brother, Cedar Walton…

    By Ron Massie on Aug 21, 2013

  4. Track 201 is actually “Love for Sale” (so there’s no repeat of “Cedar’s Blues”).

    By PXF on Aug 23, 2013

  5. Hello PXF

    Thanks for the feedback.

    By bigozine2 on Aug 23, 2013

  6. Thank you - I look forward to spending some time with this.

    By MrBill on Aug 24, 2013

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