Keys West / Claude Williamson

やっと発見して入手しました. Chikuzen Presents Cornerstones (のジャケット) の元ネタ:

Finally found the LP which Mr. Chikuzen Satoh sincerely paid homage to (by imitating the jacket cover artwork). If you don’t the Chikuzen Satoh’s version, you can find the CD Chikuzen Presents Cornerstones at Amazon Japan website:

[T-6511 Front Cover] [T-6511 Back Cover]
Keys West / Claude Willamson
(Capitol T-6511)

1955年録音の “Kenton Presents” シリーズ中の一枚.

This 12-inch LP is one of the “Kenton Presents” series.

恥ずかしながら,10インチ盤 (“Kenton Presents Claude Williams”) の方しか知りませんでした.2曲でピアノ/セレステをやっている他は,「白人版 Bud Powell」にふさわしい,しっとりとしていて明解なピアノトリオとなっています.1970年代から,また違った独自の個性を確立してゆく Claude Williamson さんですが,ここでは王道のバップピアノをこれでもかという程披露してくれます.

It is shameful for me that I didn’t know this LP except his another 10-inch LP “Kenton Presents Claude Williamson”. On this album, Claude Williamson plays solo piano/celeste on two tracks, while all the other tracks are refreshing bop music in piano trio format, which strongly convinces us of his nickname – “a whity Bud Powell”. Later in the 1970s, Mr. Claude Willamson recreated his originality, beyond typical Bud Powell-ish style. Anyway on this album, his refreshing bop piano reminds us of many fine early bop pianists.

[T-6511 Side-A] [T-6511 Side-B]


Unfortunately, this copy I bought the other day is not in perfect mint condition – the jacket covers shows moderate wear, and the platter has several surface scratches. But it was rather cheap than I had expected. Side-B’s scratches produces several ticks and pops, but not disturbing the whole music. It can be very listenable when I play this platter with a monaural cartridge.

  1. Get Happy
  2. On The Atchison, Topeka And Santa Fe
  3. Spring Is Here
  4. Like Someone In Love
  5. My Hear Stood Still
  1. Of Thee I Sing
  2. Don’t Get Around Much Anymore
  3. Yesterdays
  4. The Kerry Dance
  5. Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea

A-3, A-5, B-1, B-5:
Claude Williamson (p), Max Bennett (b), Stan Levy (ds).
Recorded in Hollywood, CA on May 2, 1955.

A-1, A-2, B-2, B-4:
Claude Williamson (p, celeste on B-4), Buddy Clarke (b), Larry Bunker (ds).
Recorded in Hollywood, CA on May 19, 1955.

A-4, B-3:
Claude Williamson (p, celeste on A-4).
Recorded in Hollywood, CA on May 19, 1955.

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