Bobby Timmons is one of the most unappreciated musicians in the last century. Despite his immense contributions as a pianist and a composer, he is still relatively unknown. Musicians all over the world play his songs as standards, but few know him. At the time (circa early to mid 60s), mainstream America probably knew more about Mel Torme’s live rendition version of Timmons’ song Dat Dere (lyrics written by Oscar Brown Jr. btw), than they knew about Timmons himself, despite the fact that he was alive and was in his 20s.

Timmons played a pivotal role in the development of soul jazz, bringing his own bluesy, funky, gospel infused sound. Kenny Dorham put Timmons on this record, when he was only 20. The rest is history. Timmons is mostly known for his stint with Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers, and various iterations of his trio as a leader.

His three most famous compositions are Moanin’, Dat Dere, and This Here. The embedded song is another Timmons composition titled So Tired.

Unfortunately, Timmons died in 1974 at the age of 38.

December, 19 2011
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