Sunday, June 12, 2011

Wynton Kelly Biography

Wynton Kelly was an American jazz pianist who was born December 2, 1931 and died of an epileptic seizure on April 12, 1971. He is best known for working with trumpeter Miles Davis in the 1950s. He was born in Brooklyn New York to Jamaican immigrants and started his career during his teenage years in R&B groups. He was a member of Miles Davis's Quintet from 1959 to 1963. He appears on Davis's 1959 seminal album Kind of Blue replacing Bill Evans on "Freedie Freeloader". He also appears on Coltrane's Giant Steps album replacing Tommy Flanagan on "Naima".

Kelly record as a leader for Blue Note, Riverside Records, Vee-Jay, Verve, and Milestone.


As leader

1951: Piano Interpretations (Blue Note)
1958: Piano (Riverside)
1959: Kelly Blue (Riverside)
1959: Kelly Great (Vee-Jay)
1960: Kelly at Midnight (Vee-Jay)
1961: Wynton Kelly! (Vee-Jay)
1961: Someday My Prince Will Come (Vee-Jay)
1963: Comin' in the Back Door (Verve)
1964: It's All Right! (Verve)
1965: Undiluted (Verve)
1965: Smokin' at the Half Note (Verve)
1965: Blues on Purpose (Xanadu)
1967: Full View (Milestone)
1968: Last Trio Session (Delmark)

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