Wynton Kelly

In Concert

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This 1968 club date features Wynton Kelly with his regular working group, including tenor saxophonist George Coleman, bassist Ron McClure, and drummer Jimmy Cobb, though the music wasn't issued for the first time by Vee Jay until 1977, six years after Kelly's death. The source material for this live set sounds as if it is a 1950s air check, though it was recorded by the Left Bank Jazz Society; problems include a piano of questionable tuning, a fair amount of distortion in the rhythm section, probably from deterioration of the source tape, though Coleman's instrument comes through fairly clear. What is unusual about this release is that it consists of two long numbers, including a powerful take of "On the Trail" (from Grofé's "Grand Canyon Suite") and a rapid-fire "On a Clear Day," which bracket two rather brief piano interludes by the leader. Since Wynton Kelly made relatively few live recordings as a leader, hard bop fans will want to pick up this enjoyable, if sometimes sonically frustrating, CD.

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Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 16:22
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