Walton is respected among the giants but underrated in the public eye, particularly as a composer, and yet so many of his songs still get played today. Some of them — such as "Bolivia," "Firm Roots," "Clockwise," and "Ugetsu" (also known as "Fantasy in D") — have become standards.
This episode we're featuring a fiery recording from the Jazz at Lincoln Center vaults, a 2008 Cedar Walton Quintet performance at Dizzy's Club. While listening to this swinging set, McBride shares some personal stories about the pianist, having recorded with him back in the day.
Cedar Walton, piano; Joe Farnsworth, drums; Buster Williams, bass; Steve Turre, trombone; Vincent Herring, alto saxophone.
- "Bolivia" (Cedar Walton)
- "Underground Memoirs" (Cedar Walton)
- "Lament" (J.J. Johnson)
- "The Man I Love" (George Gershwin)
- "Firm Roots" (Cedar Walton)
Writer and Producer: Sarah Geledi; Host: Christian McBride; Music Engineer: Rob Macomber; Senior Producer: Katie Simon; Project Manager: Suraya Mohamed; Executive Producers: Anya Grundmann and Gabrielle Armand.