The Prestige Trio Sessions pairs the first two LPs by Bobby Timmons (1935-1974) for the New York indie Prestige. Not surprisingly, the blues--particularly the variety that became emblematic of the "soul-jazz" movement that Timmons's original compositions and "churchy," blues-drenched piano solos helped spearhead in the late 1950s--was the coin of realm. Little Barefoot Soul and Chun-King are both, for the most part, upbeat affairs. On the former, the trio of Sam Jones (Timmons's former Adderley bandmate) and Ray Lucas groove on five blues originals by Timmons. The spiritual "Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen" is a moving solo piano vehicle, as is "Someone to Watch Over Me," from Chun-King. That album otherwise finds the leader backed by Keter Betts and Timmons's fellow Philadelphian Albert "Tootie" Heath. Away from the blues realm, Timmons's sterling readings of Jobim's "O Grande Amor" and the My Fair Lady favorite "I Could Have Danced All Night" are proof positive of his keyboard range, touch, and command.
with Keter Betts, Albert "Tootie" Heath, Sam Jones, Ray Lucas