George Wallington was born 90 years ago this last Monday. Critic Scott Yanow says that Wallington was one of the first and best bop pianists. He played with the who’s who of bop during 1946-1952, including Charlie Parker, Serge Chaloff, Allan Eager, Kai Winding, Terry Gibbs, Brew Moore, Al Cohn, Gerry Mulligan, Zoot Sims, and Red Rodney. That’s before he gave it all up and retired to work in his family’s air-conditioning business.
This week we listen to some of his recordings and to his composition “Godchild” which was one of the Birth Of The Cool selections. Also on the ITG show: Karrin Allyson, Jonah Jones, Jimmie Noone’s Apex Club Orchestra, new discs by the Chick Corea Trio, and by Charlie Haden & Jim Hall.
And a Halloween Treat–Philly Joe Jones’ Blues For Dracula.
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Here’s Warne Marsh, Lee Konitz and Billy Taylor in 1958 playing “Godchild.”
The host’s intro alone is worth a watch. Deep, man.