Charmed Circle – Cedar Walton
Here is a hip re-issue of a late-70s run at San Francisco’s (in)famous Keystone Corner club by one of the great Bop pianists of all time. As was often the case in those days, Walton assembled a group of top local players into a group they called the “Western Rebellion,” and settled into the run. This recording captures the ambience, spontaneity, and excellence of players like Steve Turre, Tony Dumas, and Ralph Penland, working with the great pianist. It’s a valuable sign of the times.
Notes by John Gilbreath