Cedar Walton Birthday Celebration

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Cedar Walton Birthday Celebration

hosted by David Williams

Vincent Herring [alto saxophone]   David Hazeltine [piano]   David “Happy” Williams [bass]   Willie Jones III [drums]


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An impressive quartet—Vincent Herring, David Hazeltine, David Williams, and Willie Jones–honors their friend and mentor, the late great Cedar Walton, with this birthday tribute. Cedar was born on January 17. In celebrating Cedar’s brilliant musical language and compositions, they are celebrating an indispensable foundation of modern straight-ahead jazz music. Still, as the Washington Post noted, “Somehow, Mr. Walton remained something of an overlooked master, acknowledged by people in the jazz world but little known to the wider public.” This quartet of hard core Waltonites should provide the perfect introduction to anyone who needs it and are more than capable messengers of the music for all those who already love it. And, soon, the “wider public” will all know the genius of Cedar Walton, too.