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Farewell: Jimmy Cobb Remembers Cedar Walton

On the road and in the studio, a pleasure to be around

Cedar Walton Quartet, - Art of Jazz Series, Albright - Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York, February 28, 2010

Jazz lost so many giants in 2013, among them pianist and composer Cedar Walton, who passed on Aug. 19. Here drummer Jimmy Cobb recalls the good times they had together on the road and in the studio.

I first heard Cedar when he was playing with Art Blakey’s band. At first I figured he was just another one of those talented young guys that Art used to get in his band-Art always liked to recruit the young jazz musicians, and to workshop with them. But I was impressed with Cedar because he was a good piano player and then later on we did a few gigs together. I don’t remember exactly when we first played but I know that a lot of time went by before we finally did it.

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