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A Piano Anthology

  • 1. Pearls, The - Jelly Roll Morton
    2. What's the Use of Being Alone? - Fats Waller/James P. Johnson/Johnny Dunn
    3. Black and Tan Fantasy - Duke Ellington
    4. Jelly Roll Stomp - Frank Melrose
    5. Nite Life - Mary Lou Williams
    6. Mr. Freddie Blues - Meade "Lux" Lewis
    7. Little Rock Getaway - Joe Sullivan
    8. World Is Waiting for the Sunrise, The - Jess Stacy
    9. Dupree Blues - Count Basie
    10. Riffs - James P. Johnson (Take A)
    11. Morning Air - Willie "The Lion" Smith
    12. Deep Purple - Art Tatum (Take B)
    13. Between Sets - Billy Kyle
    14. Hot and Bothered - Clarence Profit
    15. Everything Depends on You - Earl Hines
    16. Honeysuckle Rose - Nat King Cole
    17. Hold 'Em Hootie - Jay McShann
    18. 'Tain't Nobody's Bizness If I Do - Ralph Sutton
    19. Moose, The - Dodo Marmarosa/Charlie Barnet
    20. Guys and Dolls - Eddie Costa/Bill Evans/Eddie Costa Quartet
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 639

  • Credits
    ProducerOrrin Keepnews (Reissue)

    Personnel: Dave Barbour, Freddie Green, Jimmy Shirley, Oscar Moore (guitar); Fred Guy, John Mitchell (banjo); Garvin Bushell (clarinet, alto saxophone); Otto Hardwick (alto saxophone); Louis Metcalf, Bubber Miley (trumpet); Johnny Dunn (cornet); Herb Flemming, Joe "Tricky Sam" Nanton (trombone); Clarence Profit, Count Basie, Dodo Marmarosa, Duke Ellington, Fats Waller, James P. Johnson, Jay McShann, Jelly Roll Morton, Jess Stacy, Joe Sullivan, Mary Lou Williams, Nat King Cole, Ralph Sutton , Art Tatum, Willie "The Lion" Smith, Billy Kyle , Bill Evans , Earl Hines (piano); Eddie Costa (vibraphone); O'Neill Spencer, Tommy Taylor, Eddie Dougherty, Gene Krupa, Gus Johnson , Jo Jones , Oliver Jackson, Paul Motian, Sonny Greer, Cliff Leeman (drums).
    Audio Remasterer: Erick Labson.
    Liner Note Author: Butch Thompson.
    Recording information: 04/20/1926-03/08/1968.
    Unknown Contributor Roles: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra; Charlie Barnet & His Orchestra.
    This CD contains selections from 20 pianists, all but two (Dodo Marmarosa and Bill Evans) who play in pre-bop styles. Taken mostly from the Decca catalog, the collection has many fine performances highlighted by Jelly Roll Morton's "The Pearls," Fats Waller and James P. Johnson playing together on Johnny Dunn's "What's the Use of Being Alone," Joe Sullivan's "Little Rock Getaway," an alternate take of Art Tatum's "Deep Purple" and rare performances from Frank Melrose, Billy Kyle, Clarence Profit and Ralph Sutton. Not essential but this reissue has plenty of enjoyable music for fans of swing piano. ~ Scott Yanow

  • Critic Reviews
    Entertainment Weekly (12/23/94, p.66) - "...[an] excellent compendium of classic jazz piano..." - Rating: A
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