Walter Davis Jr. – Davis Cup

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Davis Cup is the debut album by American jazz pianist Walter Davis Jr. recorded on August 2, 1959 and released on Blue Note the following year—Davis’s sole release for the label, and one of his few recordings as leader.

The Allmusic review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine awarded the album 4½ stars and stated “Walter Davis, Jr.’s debut record as a leader for Blue Note is a terrific hard bop session, a driving collection of six original tunes that emphasize the strengths not only of the pianist himself, but also his supporting band: trumpeter Donald Byrd, alto saxophonist Jackie McLean, bassist Sam Jones, and drummer Art Taylor.”


Track listing:
All tracks composed by Walter Davis Jr.

Side 1
“‘Smake It” – 5:08
“Loodle-Lot” – 5:58
“Sweetness” – 8:14
Side 2
“Rhumba Nhumba” – 6:59
“Minor Mind” – 6:26
“Millie’s Delight” – 5:06

Walter Davis Jr. – piano
Donald Byrd – trumpet
Jackie McLean – alto saxophone
Sam Jones – bass
Art Taylor – drums


Released: June 1960
Recorded: August 2, 1959
Studio: Van Gelder Studio
Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey
Length: 37:51
Label: Blue Note
BLP 4018
Producer: Alfred Lion