Donald's Encyclopedia of Popular Music
(b Robert Henry Timmons, 19 Dec. '35, Philadelphia PA; d 1 March '74, NYC) Piano, composer. Infl. by bop, but strongest infl. was perhaps gospel music: he was one of the instigators of funk, following Horace Silver into Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers '58 where he wrote 'Moanin''; then with Cannonball Adderley '59--60, where he wrote 'Dis Here' and 'Dat Dere'. Rejoined Blakey briefly '60, led own trios, began playing vibes as well c'66. Died of cirrhosis of the liver. A '57 sextet date was released in France, then on Fantasy OJC as John Jenkins/Clifford Jordan/Bobby Timmons. Own albums were This Here Is Bobby Timmons '60 and In Person '61 (live at the Vanguard) on Riverside; Soulman, Chicken And Dumplins, ChunKing, Little Barefoot Soul, Soul Food and Workin' Out on Prestige; Moanin', Got To Get It and Do You Know The Way on Milestone. Sweet And Soulful Sounds was also on Riverside; Live At The Connecticut Jazz Party was on Chiaroscuro; many of these were on Fantasy OJC CDs, as well as trios Born To Be Blue!, Easy Does It and quartet Soul Time.