This set presents the only albums recorded for the Riverside label by two young and talented pianists: Evans Bradshaw (1933-1978) and Roosevelt Wardell (1934-1999). Both enjoyed some success in the late 50s and early 60s, and showed signs of maturing into significant jazz figures, but both remained largely unrecognized and their careers never took off as expected.
Evans Bradshaw, mostly associated with the Detroit scene, is featured in two albums displaying his inventive playing, technical command and undoubted promise, swinging hard at uptempo performances and revealing considerable sensitivity on ballads.
Roosevelt Wardell was an R&B singer before he became a jazz pianist. Altoist Cannonball Adderley, who by then was also acting as a Riverside A&R, discovered Wardell in Los Angeles while he was playing with Dexter Gordon. He quickly arranged for the recording of The Revelation, Wardells debut. An authoritative performer, the young pianist showed a maturity beyond his years, developing well-constructed, imaginative lines and absorbing his formative influences into an individual style devoid of empty flourishes or gimmicks, in which his roots and swing are ever present.
Their careers never lived up to the promise of these recordings. But the promise is still there to be recognized, savoured and enjoyed.
01. Georgia on My Mind (Gorrell-Carmichael) 4:04
02. Hallelujah! (Robin-Gray-Youmans) 5:37
03. The Prophet (Bradshaw) 7:25
04. Love for Sale (Porter) 4:26
05. Coolin the Blues (Hawes) 6:55
06. Blueinet (Sims) 7:35
07. Angel Eyes (Brent-Dennis) 4:58
08. Old Devil Moon (Harburg-Lane) 2:53
09. The Trolley Song (Blane-Martin) 5:30
10. Mangoes (Wayne-Libbey) 4:49
11. Pushing the Blues (Bradshaw) 2:50
12. It Aint Necessarily So (G.& I. Gershwin) 4:58
13. Take the A Train (Strayhorn) 3:26
Total time CD-1: 65:00 min. aprox.
01. A Foggy Day (G.& I. Gershwin) 6:18
02. Its All Right with Me (Porter) 5:10
03. Blues for Jim (Bradshaw) 6:38
04. A Night in Tunisia (Gillespie) 2:32
05. Like Someone In Love (Burke-Van Heusen) 6:07
06. Lazarus (Wardell) 4:32
07. Autumn in New York (Duke) 5:04
08. Max the Maximum (Wardell) 4:36
09. Elijah Is Here (Wardell) 6:57
10. Willow Weep for Me (Ronell) 4:47
11. Cherokee (Noble) 4:13
12. The Revelation (Salim) 4:50
CD 1, tracks #1-8 from the Evans Bradshaw album
"Look Out For Evans Bradshaw" (Riverside RLP12-263)
CD 1, tracks #9-13 & CD 2, tracks #1-4 from the Evans Bradshaw album
"Pieces of Eighty-Eight" (Riverside RLP12-296)
CD 2, tracks #5-12 from the album
"The Revelation: Roosevelt Wardell Trio" (Riverside RLP 9350)
Personnel on LOOK OUT FOR EVANS BRADSHAW!
(CD 1, #1-8): Evans Bradshaw (p), Jamil Nasser (b except #7), Philly Joe Jones (d except #7).
Recorded at Reeves Sound Studio, New York City, on June 9, 1958
Personnel on PIECES OF EIGHTY-EIGHT
(CD 1, #9-13 & CD 2, #1-4): Evans Bradshaw (p), Al Jackson (b), Richard Allen (d).
Recorded at Reeves Sound Studio, New York City, on January 27, 1959
Personnel on THE REVELATION: ROOSEVELT WARDELL TRIO
(CD 2, #5-12): Roosevelt Wardell (p), Sam Jones (b), Louis Hayes (d).
Recorded at United Recording Studios, Los Angeles, on October 5, 1960
Original recodings produced by Orrin Keepnews (CD-1 & CD-2 #1-4), and Julian 'Cannonball' Adderley (CD-2 #5-12).
Sound engineers: Jack Higgins (CD-1 & CD-2 #1-4) and Wally Heider (CD-2 #5-12).
Produced for CD release by Jordi Pujol
Stereo 24-Bit Digitally Remastered
"The two-CD set Evans Bradshaw/Roosevelt Wardell (FSR 665) is particularly valuable because it has the only two albums led by the Detroit-based Evans Bradshaw, and the only one by Roosevelt Wardell (who years earlier had been an r&b singer). The two pianists, heard during 1958-60 in trios with the likes of drummer Philly Joe Jones and bassist Sam Jones, were certainly fine players in the modern mainstream of the period. If they had gotten the right breaks, they could have been considered on the level of Red Garland and Wynton Kelly. Instead, this twofer is practically their entire output."