Kelly Blue

      Recording Date:
       February 19, 1959  tk 1, 6, 7

         Nat Adderley   CT
         Bobby Jaspar   FL
         Benny Golson   TS
         Wynton Kelly    P
         Paul Chambers  B
         Jimmy Cobb     D

      March 10, 1959   tk 2-5, 8
          Wynton Kelly    P
          Paul Chambers  B
          Jimmy Cobb     D


Reviewby Scott Yanow
Originally cut for Riverside, this set mostly features the influential pianist Wynton Kelly in a trio with his fellow rhythm section mates from the Miles Davis bands, bassist Paul Chambers and drummer Jimmy Cobb. "Kelly Blue" and "Keep It Moving" add cornetist Nat Adderley, flutist Bobby Jaspar and the tenor of Benny Golson to the band for some variety. The CD reissue augments the program with a previously unreleased "Do Nothin' Till You Hear from Me" and the alternate take of "Keep It Moving." Kelly was renowned as an accompanist, but as he shows on a set including three of his originals and four familiar standards (including "Softly, As in a Morning Sunrise" and "Willow Weep for Me"), he was also a strong bop-based soloist too. A fine example of his talents. [Originally released in 1959, JVC Victor reissued Kelly Blue on a Japanese import-only CD in 2002; Riverside also reissued an import-only CD in 2003.]

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