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Giacinto Figlia, 27 October 1924, Palermo, Sicily, Italy, d. 15 February 1993, New York City, New York, USA. His family emigrated in 1925 and so Wallington was brought up in the USA. In the 40s he worked with Dizzy Gillespie on Manhattans 42nd Street and went on to play piano for many other leaders. Although the flowing lines of his playing were reminiscent of Bud Powell, his style was developed independently and as well as being an accomplished pianist he was an interesting composer. He wrote Lemon Drop, which was a bestseller for Gene Krupa and Godchild which was recorded by the Miles Davis Nonet. In 1953 he travelled to Europe with Lionel Hampton and then led a series of groups of his own including musicians such as Jackie McLean, Phil Woods and Donald Byrd. Wallington withdrew from the music business in 1960, but made something of a comeback in the 80s when he played at the Kool Festival (1985) and recorded several albums prior to...