Thanks to the folks at Euritmica the “Cedar Walton Jazz Quintet” hit the shores of Udine. The last time that 77 year-old Walton was in Udine was some 18 years ago. He’s regarded as one of the most important jazz pianists around. Walton was joined on stage by Darryl Hall on bass, a rather young New Yorker on drums, Willie Jones III, and two outstanding Italian musicians, Piero Odorici on sax and his fellow compatriot Roberto Rossi on trombone.
Texas-born Walton is considered to be one of the most valid interpreters of modern jazz and also a master of “funky” jazz. His resume also includes having played with the likes of Kenny Dorham, Jay Jay Johnson, Gigi Gryce, Benny Golson, Abbey Lincoln, Lee Morgan and Hank Mobley. In 1961 Walton joined the likes of Art Blakey, Freddie Hubbard and Wayne Shorter. He’s also worked with the likes of John Coltrane. His many years of promoting jazz around the world also won him in 2010 the prestigious “National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Fellowships”, and award which is given out by the U.S. government. And one of the evening’s nicest songs? “(Somewhere) Over The Rainbow”!