Clockwise: The Music of Cedar Walton

Format: CD
Release Date: 2/17/2017
Label: OA2
Style(s): Swing
Availability: Low Stock

Bandleader Ben Markley's latest project is a labor of love, shining a spotlight on the compositions of pianist Cedar Walton. Markley, an assistant professor of jazz piano at the University of Wyoming, recruited fellow UW faculty members as well as some excellent Denver-area musicians for this big band disc. All 10 songs here were composed by Walton and arranged by Markley, and the album features the exquisite trumpeter Terell Stafford, whose clarion tone and sturdy sense of swing can enliven any setting. Markley assembled a 16-piece big band (with guitarist Steve Kovalcheck on two tracks) for these sessions, and a couple of the tunes evoke the rich romanticism of the Swing Era. But whether the band is delivering a powerful strut with Latin rhythms, as it does on "Fiest Espanol", or offering a more mellow mood, as it does on "Hindsight", the overall vibe here is one of toe-tapping celebration. This is addicting music that will make you want to grab a partner and hit the dance floor. - DownBeat Magazine Editors' Pick

1. Cedar's Blues
Length: 05:53
2. Clockwise
Length: 07:32
3. Fiesta Espanol
Length: 07:36
4. Hindsight
Length: 09:28
5. I'll Let You Know
Length: 06:41
6. I'm Not So Sure
Length: 07:31
7. Holy Land
Length: 10:03
8. Bolivia
Length: 06:07
9. Martha's Prize
Length: 05:55
10. Black
Length: 08:56
Album Details
Disc Count: 1
Total Length: 75:42
UPC: 805552213928