BOBBY TIMMONS — Chun-King (review)

BOBBY TIMMONS — Chun-King album cover Album · 1965 · Hard Bop Buy this album from MMA partners
4/5 ·
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Bobby Timmons is well-known for playing with Blakey and Adderley but until recently I hadn’t come across his work as a leader and I found ‘Chun-King’ from 1964 and really enjoyed it.

There’s a range of standards and original compositions on this hard bop, almost funky release that has snap and drive, but also more relaxed pieces like Timmons’ take on “I Could have Danced All Night” and Gershwin’s “Someone to Look Over Me” which rhythmically is soothing – yet Timmons is almost ‘busy’ over the top.

My favourites are probably the more up-tempo ones with “Gettin' It Togetha'” and especially the title track standing out. I can’t quite put my finger on why but maybe the Keter Betts’ arrangement on that one gives me a slight post-bop feel, signaling that nice variety to the record. It was also fun to hear some bossa nova too, with the “O Grande Amor” cover.
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6 months ago
Thanks, great to hear that it was useful! And I definitely enjoy BIll Evans :)

"Everybody Digs Bill Evans" and "Waltz for Debbie" are two of my favourites but I don't have a lot of his latter work yet. What are your favs?

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6 months ago
Thank You for your review, i learn more through the years. Enjoy much Bill Evans ? or too abstract for you ?

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