The interesting thing is that the first "Walkin" I heard was one of the live versions of the "2nd Quintet" that means with Herbie, Ron, Tony, which I played over and over again when I was a kid.
So when I bought a then available Prestige Double album of pre-first-quintet Davis recordings I was kinda puzzled that it´s such a relaxed medium tempo. Then, in my early youth I didn´t find it as exiting as the herbie-tony-ron-thing.
As I said, that´s a generation thing.....
The "second quintet" walkin´ seemed to be a hit of my generation, everybody hummed it and said it´s fast and strong.
Once when I lived with my 10years elder sister she had called a craftman to fix something in the 1st floor and I was up in my room and had Davis second quintet, maybe just "Walkin" spinnin and as always during that time, very very loud.
And later my sister came up and said "that craftman said "wow, great music you are spinnin´"
I asked her "why didn´t you send him up ?"
Fantastic, I love Dave Liebman. When I was a teenager, Dave Liebman, after Johnny Griffin was the second great saxophonist I saw live and somehow, during that time it is not impossible I was even more impressed by what Dave had played.
I think the Quest started around 1980, and I heard Lieb again shortly before he formed Quest, I think it was a pre-Quest formation with Terumaso Hino, John Scofield, Ron McLure and Adam Nussbaum, very fine. This could have been in the late seventies...... (the first occasion was the Lookout Farm stuff).
last night, during intermission I had a discussion with a bass player whom I praised for his strong bass sound.
We discussed Eddie Gomez also, the thing that some bass players around 1980 had their strings very down to get a guitar like sound, which was not a pure bass sound.
Nowadays it seems bass players got back to their roots. The have strong hands and even if the bass speaker has a technical problem, you still hear ´em . Like Mingus said, you had to cut through a band, you had to have chops to produce a sound.