Born To Be Blue

Bobby Timmons Trio

Born To Be Blue
  • CAT # OJCCD-873-2

    1. Born To Be Blue 4:29
    2. Malice Towards None 5:01
    3. Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child 4:40
    4. Know Not One 7:57
    5. The Sit In 4:20
    6. Namely You 6:06
    7. Often Annie 9:18

Bobby Timmons called Born to Be Blue "the best record I've ever made" when he cut this excellent trio session, and the judgment still holds true. While it does not contain any originals that became hits, as can be found on the pianist's previous dates, in every other respect this collection is a perfect summary of Timmons's instantly identifiable fusion of boppish fluency and gospel fervor. He makes the most of the opportunity to stretch out on extended performances like "Know Not One" and "Often Annie," raises the tempo slightly for a definitive version of "Malice Towards None," and lets all of the emotional stops out on the spiritual "Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child." Also making essential contributions are two bassists who were frequent Timmons partners, Ron Carter and Sam Jones, plus drummer Connie Kay, who moonlights from his familiar role with the Modern Jazz Quartet to provide a rare glimpse of his mastery in a piano trio format.

with Sam Jones, Ron Carter, Connie Kay

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