Cedar Walton Sextet
The Art Blakey Legacy, Evidence CD ECD 22190-2, 1997
Blakey without Blakey
What a disappointment! This session, live from New
Yorks Sweet Basil, had everything going for it. Three generations
of alumni from Art Blakeys Jazz MessengersLou Donaldson
from the 50s, Walton from the 60s, and Phillip Harper and
Javon Jackson from the 80splaying selections from the
bands repertoire in a salute to the great mentor and band leader.
Unfortunately, what we get is serious music played seriously by serious
musicians. Technically it swings, but it feels so heavy.
The rhythm section gets the lead out when Walton takes his solos, but
its not enough to lift this CD off the ground. Pete