Wynton Kelly – Kelly Blue (1959)

Wynton Kelly - Kelly Blue (1959)
Artist: Wynton Kelly
Album: Kelly Blue
Label: Riverside Records
Year Of Release: 1959
Format: FLAC (tracks+.cue)
01. Kelly Blue (10:52)
02. Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise (6:33)
03. Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me (4:27)
04. On Green Dolphin Street (4:44)
05. Willow Weep For Me (6:09)
06. Keep It Moving (take 4) (7:34)
07. Keep It Moving (take 3) (8:51)
08. Old Clothes (7:41)


Wynton Kelly – piano
Nat Adderley – cornet – tracks 1 and 5
Bobby Jaspar – flute – tracks 1 and 5
Benny Golson – tenor saxophone – tracks 1 and 5
Paul Chambers – bass
Jimmy Cobb – drums

Recorded 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. 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. [Some reissues augment the program with a previously unreleased “Do Nothin’ Till You Hear from Me” and the alternate take of “Keep It Moving.”]
Review by Scott Yanow

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