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Walter Davis, Jr.

An often remarkable and inventive bebop and hard bop pianist, Walter Davis Jr. once left the music world to be a tailor, but returned. A solid soloist, bandleader, and accompanist, he amassed a good body of work while never becoming a high-profile name even within the jazz community. Davis played with Babs Gonzales' Three Bips & a Bop as a teen, then moved from Richmond to New York in the early '50s. He played with Max Roach and Charlie Parker, recording with Roach in 1953. He joined Dizzy Gillespie's band in 1956, and toured the Middle East and South America. He also played in Paris with Donald Byrd in 1958 and with Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers in 1959. After retiring from music for a while to run his tailor shop, Davis returned in the '60s, producing records and writing arrangements for a local New Jersey group. He studied music in India in 1969, and played with Sonny Rollins in the early '70s. Davis had another stint with the Jazz Messengers in 1975, then led his own group in New York. Davis recorded for Blue Note, Mapleshade, Debut, Denon, and Red and for various French labels. He did sessions with Roach, Rollins, Sonny Criss, Jackie McLean, Pierre Michelot, Archie Shepp, Kenny Clarke, Byrd, and Blakey, among others. Some Davis dates are available on CD. ~ Ron Wynn, Rovi
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I agree, music for the soul!
This is the real stuff,to all you cats out there.
I tipped off Pandora onto Mr. Walter Davis' music back in the day when they didn't have any of his music. Now to hear this particular CD on my Jazz Pianesque is really, really nice.

I first heard of Mr. Walter Davis when a Boston PBS station played a rare concert the CD version of which was an import at the time. I was absolutely smitten by Mr. Davis' chordal voodoo & lyricism. Long live his music! Cee Rex
music for the soul....
Amazing! I never heard of something more beautiful in my life before!
folger369
Hope to hear more of this artist on Pandora!
He was a sweet but complicated man and played like he sounded --- he lived above a Chinese import place in a loft that smelled like exotic herbs and dried fish. Bless his soul.
robmeja
quite a wonderful sound good listening vibe!
That's the way Jazz should sound, i love it

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