A Birthday Tribute to Cedar Walton

A Birthday Tribute to Cedar Walton

A Birthday Tribute to Cedar Walton

Featuring the David Hazeltine Quartet

Javon Jackson [tenor saxophone]   David Hazeltine [piano]   David Williams [bass]   Willie Jones III [drums]


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An impressive quartet honors their friend and mentor, the late great Cedar Walton, with this birthday tribute. Cedar was born on January 17. In celebrating Walton’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.” Looking to remedy that oversight is a group of hard core Waltonites—Herring, Williams and Jones- worked frequently with Cedar—and in the piano chair Hazeltine whom Cedar himself called “for sure the brightest star on the jazz piano horizon.”It’s a group that almost guarantees that the wider public” will know the genius of Cedar Walton soon, too.