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Wynton Kelly : Kelly Blue


Kelly’s five co-workers on the LP are among the best of the many fine young jazzmen who have come to the fore in the past few years. To begin with, the rest of the rhythm section consists of the two with whom Wynton has been teamed in Miles’ sextet. With such support, plus that his own fingers and imagination give him, plus a repertoire ideally suited to the blues concept on which the album is based, it seems likely that this could be the push needed to put Wynton Kelly out in front, where he belongs.


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SKU: Riverside RLP 1142 (45) [2] Categories: , , , Tags: , ,


Wynton Kelly’s recording career started in the late 1940s with Hal Singer, Babs Gonzales and Eddie Vinson. He went on to record with Dinah Washington, Lester Young, Dizzy Gillespie, J.J. Johnson, Billie Holiday, Sonny Rollins, Art Blakey and many other stars. Respected by his peers as a pianist of remarkable creativity and feeling, his own stardom was on hold until 1959, when he got a call from Miles Davis and joined one of the most important small bands in jazz. The same year, Kelly recorded Kelly Blue for Riverside. The album’s critical notices and popularity combined with his Davis exposure to bring Kelly general recognition. Paul Chambers and Jimmy Cobb, his section mates from Davis’ group, round out the rhythm section. Nat Adderley, Benny Golson and Bobby Jaspar join for two memorable tracks. Throughout, Kelly cultivates the blues atmosphere that makes the collection one of his finest audible tracks.


1. Kelly Blue
2. Softly, As in a morning Sunrise
3.Green Dolphin Street
1. Willow Weep for Me
2. Keep It Moving
3. Old Clothes


Additional information

Weight 0.760 kg
Dimensions 32.0 × 32.0 × 2.0 cm