Lost! Cedar Walton & Eydie Gorme

walton-cedar-tixWe lost a very fine jazz pianist today (Aug 19, 2013) in Cedar Walton, who died at 74. I was fortunate to hear him live on two, or was it three occasions, all at Yoshi’s Nightclub in Oakland, CA. There was a life in his playing, a bright spark that came through. He genuinely enjoyed playing to his audience and seemed like an all around nice guy. Walton’s history is pretty deep, you can dig up the details by online search. Suffice to say that he was among the barest handful of greats who were still alive, still playing well. I suspect he wasn’t near the top of most lists because he didn’t become better known until the early 60s, much later than Bud Powell, Monk or Bill Evans. Continue reading