1. Uptown Shuffle
    08:20
    S. Fishwick
  2. There Goes My Heart
    08:36
    Silver/Davis
  3. Quintessence
    08:09
    Quincy Jones
  4. Moblius
    08:35
    O. Roberts
  5. I'll Never Be The Same
    06:22
    M. Malneck/F. Signorelli/S. Kahn
  6. New Bossa
    06:36
    S. Fishwick
  7. Head And Shoulders
    07:33
    Cedar Walton
  8. Humpin' And Bumpin'
    07:05
    S. Fishwick
...With Cedar Walton!
Recording Date:Monday, January 29, 2007
Recording Engineer:

Jim Czak

Recording Location:

Nola's Penthouse Studio, New York

Catalogue Number:HBR33006
Personnel:
  • Steve Fishwick Trumpet
  • Osian Roberts Tenor Saxophone
  • Cedar Walton Piano
  • Peter Washington Bass
  • Matt Fishwick Drums

 

This album is a landmark recording for Hard Bop Records, and a coup for the two leaders, who had the unforgettable privilege of spending a day in the studio with one of their heroes, without doubt one of jazz's greatest exponents, "The Maestro" Cedar Walton.

 Cedar Walton cemented his reputation as one of modern jazz's elite pianists over forty years ago after playing with such greats as John Coltrane and Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, and has remained at the forefront of the music ever since. He still shows no signs of slowing down, clearly demonstrated by the fact that as soon as the session was over, he had to rush uptown to accept a New York Nightlife 2007 award for Outstanding Jazz Soloist of the Year at New York's famous Town Hall.

 Joining Walton, Roberts, and the Fishwick brothers in the studio was another very special guest (and another alumnus of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers), bass virtuoso Peter Washington. With his warm, humble, and friendly personality, his deep musical knowledge and professionalism, but above all his astounding playing, it was clear to everyone present that day why he's so highly regarded and sought after by so many in the jazz community. His recording and performing credits bear witness to this fact, as he has played with countless jazz legends from all generations, and has appeared on more albums than many people have had hot dinners!

 This was no ordinary studio either, but the oldest working studio in Manhattan, a place that's seen everyone from Charlie Parker to Duke Ellington walk through its hallowed doors - Nola's Penthouse Studio.

 As well as the quintet's usual focus on the co-leaders' original compositions, the band recorded some unique arrangements of their favorite standards, and one of Cedar Walton's many outstanding compositions, "Head And Shoulders"(first heard on Walton's debut as leader on Prestige in 1967, entitled "Cedar!").

 All in all, this was a truly memorable session, which yielded some truly memorable, swinging music!

 

PRESS REVIEWS :

Anglo-American collaborations used to be rare. These days they're almost routine, but it still took a coals-to-Newcastle trip to bring about '...With Cedar Walton!' (Hard Bop Records) by the Osian Roberts/Steve Fishwick Quintet. The co-leaders travelled to New York in January 2007 where Steve's twin, drummer Matt Fishwick, was then living, and then corralled the piano great and top bassist Peter Washington into the famed Nola Studios. Steve's notes say nothing about how they persuaded Walton to take a sideman role. No matter, for he plays with wonderful lucidity and riveting swing, the ensembles meshing like the messengers used to do. Fishwick's lines extend well and Roberts's mid period Rollins style tenor is a joy.

Peter Vacher - Jazz UK

 

Proud to have US piano master Cedar Walton on board, yet no way overawed by his presence or by recording in Manhattan's hallowed Nola studio, London's Fishwick twins give good accounts of themselves here. Trumpeter Steve contributes a couple of originals and drummer Matt, who spent five productive years in New York, gels comfortably with Walton and US bassist Peter Washington. Osian Roberts, a Welsh tenorist remarkably close to Hank Mobley's unique sound, also performs well. The hard-bop school of Horace Silver, Art Blakey and Clifford Brown had a timeless quality and these Anglo-American experts are strong enough to keep it alive.

Rating: ****  (four stars)

Jack Massarik - The Evening Standard

 

This is a recording made in hard bop's New York heartland by the British sax/trumpet pairing of Osian Roberts and Steve Fishwick - joined by Americans Peter Washington (bass) and Cedar Walton (piano), with Fishwick's brother Matt on drums. Walton, a legendary Art Blakey Messengers pianist and musical director, is one of this idiom's great exponents. You get the drift from Walton's deliciously laidback opening to the first bop-blues opener (Uptown Shuffle), with its Horace Silver stop-time breaks and a great driving bass from Washington. Not far behind Walton, the star of the show is Roberts, whose booming, old-school tenor sound is magisterial and concise, particularly on his own dedication to the late Hank Mobley. Steve Fishwick sounds most comfortable at speed, but he rhapsodises elegantly over the sax countermelody to Quincy Jones's Quintessence, on which Walton also plays a masterly ballad solo of casually-dropped phrase-turns, gentle trills, and canny drifts around the beat. A lively and affectionate set.

John Fordham - The Guardian

 

For a band obviously inspired by the Jazz Messengers' style of music, this session with former Messengers' pianist Cedar Walton must have seemed like a dream, especially as it was recorded in New York's famous Nola Penthouse Studio. Tenor player Osian, trumpeter Steve, brother Matt on drums and their illustrious guests perform a couple of standards, tunes by Cedar and Quincy Jones and some very convincing original pieces on a very entertaining programme. Smashing notes by Steve complete a thoroughly enjoyable CD.

Peter Bevan - The Northern Echo

 

Fresh off the press. Bam!!! Incredible. These artists are the preservers of the classic Blue Note Hard Bop/Be Bop sound of the 1960s. Every one of their albums are authentic representations of one of the greatest eras of Jazz from THE greatest Jazz label of all. As with their other CDs, this may as well have been recorded by Rudy Van Gelder in 1964. Retro? Why  not. Classic is really the term to use - there's not been better Jazz made than that era. This CD captures the spirit perfectly with incredible playing from all involved. Most songs here are originals but may as well be classics. To take the CD to another height it features one of THE all-time legends of Jazz  pianist Cedar Walton (and playing better than ever!), so on all levels there are many reasons why you must not hesitate to buy this.

Snowboy - Blues and Soul Music Magazine

 



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