Down Beat (1960) - 4 Stars - Very Good - "..Timmons here is revealed as an imaginative, creative soloist...[His] preoccupation with rhythm, harmonic patterns, and chord structure is most refreshing.."
Personnel: Bobby Timmons (piano); Sam Jones (bass); Jimmy Cobb (drums).
Recorded at Reeves Sound Studios, New York, New York on January 13 & 14, 1960. Originally released on Riverside (1164). Includes liner notes by Orrin Keepnews.
Digitally remastered by Phil De Lancie (1992, Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California).
This is a classic Riverside set that has been reissued on CD in the Original Jazz Classics series. Pianist Bobby Timmons by early 1960 had already had successful stints with Art Blakey (where he contributed "Moanin'") and Canonball Adderley (writing "This Here" and "Date Dere"). For his first recording as a leader, Timmons (whose "funky" style was beginning to become very influential) performs those three hits along with his own "Joy Ride" and five standards in a trio with bassist Sam Jones and drummer Jimmy Cobb. Always more than just a soul-jazz pianist, Timmons (who effectively takes "Lush Life" unaccompanied) became a bit stereotyped later in his career but at this early stage was at the peak of his creativity. Essential music. ~ Scott Yanow