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Blue Gardenia

by Charles Davis & the Cedar Walton Trio

Legendary jazz saxophonist Charles Davis has set the standard in his work with greats including Dinah Washington, Kenny Dorham, SunRa, to name a few.
Genre: Jazz: Traditional Jazz Combo
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1. A Beautiful Friendship
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2. Texas Moon
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3. Bossa Joe
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4. Stranded
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5. Shadow of the Sunset
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6. Sabia
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7. Blues For Yahoo
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8. Blue Gardenia
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One of JazzTimes top 50 releases!

FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES!
"This was a good idea: getting the 70-year old saxophonist Charles Davis, who has played in supporting roles with Dinah Washington, Steve Lacy, Kenny Dorham, Sun Ra, Barry Harris and others, to make a lasting artifact as a bandleader. For a tiny independent label, Reade Street Records, it didn't take much more than setting him up with the new version of the pianist Cedar Walton's trio, a crackling example of jazz's maturing mainstream."

"Mr. Davis is best known for playing the baritone saxophone, but for the first half of the album he plays tenor with a rather elegant understatement. He balances melodic embellishment with the kind of magpie's relationship to chords that Coleman Hawkins practiced, running up and down them, creating exotic intervals. And the material is well chosen: Mr. Davis's own elegant blues waltz "Texas Moon," tunes by his friends Frank Lacy and John Weston, and "A Beautiful Friendship" and "Blue Gardenia," not the most widely covered standards in the world. The rhythm section, with Mr. Walton, the bassist Peter Washington and the drummer Joe Farnsworth, plays impeccably, finding perfect tempos and a beautifully even projection of sound. If stores fail, you can find this album at www.readestreetrecords.com." -BEN RATLIFF

FROM ALL ABOUT JAZZ:
"Straightahead saxophone jazz rarely gets better than this"

FROM JAZZ CRITIC NAT HENTOFF:
"this recording is a classic definition of the lifeforce of jazz"

FROM BASS PLAYER MAGAZINE:
"This is a great collection of swinging jazz in the classic mold"

ABOUT CHARLES DAVIS:

Although he has performed previously on tenor and alto, Charles Davis is best-known for his fine baritone playing, both as a soloist and for his dependable work in sax sections. Early on, he gigged with Sun Ra (off and on from 1954 into the 1980s), Brother Jack McDuff, Ben Webster, Billie Holiday, and Dinah Washington (1957-1958).

Davis gained some attention when he was with Kenny Dorham's band (1959-1962). He also played with Illinois Jacquet, Lionel Hampton, the Jazz Composers' Orchestra (1966-1976), Louis Hayes' Sextet (1972-1974), Clark Terry's big band, and the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra. In the 1980s, he was with Dameronia (1981-1984), Philly Joe Jones, Barry Harris, and Abdullah Ibrahim.

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Rich Bannard

Beautiful music!!
It's a pleasure to hear Charles Davis playing beautiful music. Cedar Walton is always outstanding!
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Todd Bolton

A great addition to any classic jazz collection!
I had high expectations for this CD and it's better than I could have ever imagined. Charles Davis is a giant and this CD proves it. A great addition to any classic jazz collection!
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Doug Martin

A classic in the making.
Unlike some saxophonist who possess a powerful tone, Charles Davis doesn't treat the saxophone like a blunt instrument. Instead of bludgeoning the listener with a torrent of notes, on "Blue Gardenia" Davis creates melodies that play out nicely over the grooves laid down by Cedar Walton, Peter Washington and Joe Farnsworth. Davis' tenor sound is so full that it could mistaken for his baritone - except that Davis' baritone is where he displays his most lyrical voice. Whether it's a blues, a Jobim bossa nova, or an original that sounds like it ought to be a standard, the tunes are top shelf and the performances are spot-on. "Blue Gardenia" ranks up there with classic quartet recordings by Joe Henderson, Pepper Adams and others.
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Becky Rourk

Terrific musicians, awesome CD!
Traditional Jazz fans everywhere, listen up! Blue Gardenia fills the air with terrific straight-ahead jazz. You won't want to miss this one!
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cansoon

Great Charles Davis recording
This is an excellent straight ahead set by Charles Davis, who plays both tenor and his baritone on the date. I can offer no higher praise than to say that it sounds as good as a Prestige from the fifties. Sonds is first rate. Well worth hearing.
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