BOBBY TIMMONS — Chun-King (review)

BOBBY TIMMONS — Chun-King album cover Album · 1965 · Hard Bop Buy this album from MMA partners
4/5 ·
dreadpirateroberts
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.
Share this review

Review Comments

Post a public comment below | Send private message to the reviewer
Please login to post a shout
7 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?

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

JMA TOP 5 Jazz ALBUMS

Rating by members, ranked by custom algorithm
Albums with 30 ratings and more
Kind of Blue Cool Jazz
MILES DAVIS
Buy this album from our partners
A Love Supreme Post Bop
JOHN COLTRANE
Buy this album from our partners
The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady Progressive Big Band
CHARLES MINGUS
Buy this album from our partners
My Favorite Things Hard Bop
JOHN COLTRANE
Buy this album from our partners

New Jazz Artists

New Jazz Releases

New Shoes: Kind of Blue at 60 – Schapiro 17 Progressive Big Band
JON SCHAPIRO
Buy this album from MMA partners
Chester Gorilla Fusion
CHESTER GORILLA
Buy this album from MMA partners
Simon Below Quartet ‎: Elements of Space 21st Century Modern
SIMON BELOW
Buy this album from MMA partners
More new releases

New Jazz Online Videos

Blue in Green
JON SCHAPIRO
js· 10 hours ago
Hymn to the Stars Take 1
SIMON BELOW
js· 18 hours ago
Shemekia Copeland - Uncivil War
SHEMEKIA COPELAND
snobb· 2 days ago
More videos

New JMA Jazz Forum Topics

More in the forums

New Site interactions

More...

Latest Jazz News

members-submitted

More in the forums

Social Media

Follow us