Leonard Feather Presents

George Wallington

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Leonard Feather Presents Review

by Scott Yanow

The sessions on this LP reissue were originally organized by Leonard Feather to pay tribute to the bop era. The 11 selections (all dating from the mid-to late-'40s) feature pianist George Wallington (who is actually the set's leader), altoist Phil Woods, either Idrees Sulieman or Thad Jones on trumpet, bassist Curley Russell, and either Denzil Best or Art Taylor on drums. About the only surprise occurs on "Salt Peanuts," which has an off-key "vocal" from five-year-old Baird Parker, son of the late Charlie Parker. Otherwise, the playing of Woods makes this a worthwhile session for bop fans.