Sunday, 17 January 2010

The Bobby Timmons Trio ''In Person''

The Bobby Timmons Trio

''In Person''
( LP Riverside Records, 1961 )
Catalog # RLP 391

Autumn Leaves
So Tired
Dat Dere (Theme)
They Didn't Believe Me
Dat Dere (Live)
Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise
I Didn't Know What Time It Was
Dat Dere (Theme - Alternate)

Personnel & Notes:
Bobby Timmons (p)
Ron Carter (b)
Albert Heath (d)
Ken Deardoff Design
Phil DeLancie Mastering, Digital Remastering
Ray Fowler Engineer
Joe Goldberg Liner Notes
Orrin Keepnews Producer
Recorded at "Village Vanguard", NYC, October 1, 1961
*Also on Riverside RS 9391; Fantasy OJC 364, OJCCD 364-2

Timmons showed with this live release (New York 1961) that he was more than just the composer of popular jazz hits. His funky, soulful sound is on display, but so is a deft, lyrical touch. He also leads a tightly-knit group that included two young players who went on to great jazz accomplishments: Ron Carter on bass and Al "Tootie" Heath on drums.
Timmons achieved notoriety at a very young age with compositions that were extremely popular, at least by jazz standards: "Moanin'"; "Dis Here"; and "Dat Dere," which is included in this set. He brought together strains of R&B and church music with catchy, insistent melodies and memorable hooks. It's said that the pianist, who died quite young and battled alcoholism, was greatly frustrated by the constraints that the popularity of his "hits" brought on his playing.
Be that as it may, when you listen to "Dat Dere" on this set, you understand why people demanded to hear it. It blends a throbbing vamp together with a deceptively simple-sounding line extremely effectively. Timmons plays brightly and soulfully, and his sound contains no hint of affectation, of trying to be hip and earthy for mere effect.
For my money, just as effective -- and affecting -- is his composition "So Tired," which is set up by some cooking drums and bass. Timmons has again written a strong melodic line on this tune with a fine bridge. He demonstrates a fleet touch, and a strong affinity with his bandmates.
The album also displays Timmons' touch with a ballad, "I Didn't Know What Time It Was," and his familiarity with and ability to interpret standards with his rendition of "Softly As in a Morning Sunrise" and "Autumn Leaves."
Timmons was a badly underrated pianist, not because he's unknown, but because many listeners associate him only with the three aforementioned compositions. Check this album out for a better insight into his pianistic capabilities. You know a guy that Cannonball Adderly and Art Blakey wanted to hold onto as long as possible had plenty of music in him.
By Tyler Smith (Amazon)

By Pier


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HotBeatJazz said...

It's great
Thanks a lot Pier!!!

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