Valdo Williams

New Advanced Jazz

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On what was one of Savoy's later jazz releases (by the 1960s it had become largely a gospel label), the obscure pianist Valdo Williams (in a trio with bassist Reggie Johnson and drummer Stewart Martin) performs four of his originals. Williams' only other recordings were in 1953 with Charlie Parker (on a Canadian television show) and a 1963 date with Hal Singer. He plays quite differently on this Savoy CD reissue, performing free jazz that has a strong forward movement and generally swings. Collectors of adventurous jazz should pick up this CD quickly before it disappears.

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