CD St. Louis Parties of July 20 & August 1, 1954 [714298101720] (CD 4624615),
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St. Louis Parties of July 20 & August 1, 1954 [714298101720]

  • 1. B.W. Thing
    2. Just for You
    3. Story by Pete Johnson
    4. Basin Street Blues
    5. Perdido
    6. Boo Woo
    7. Twelfth Street Rag
    8. All Out (Boogie in Multiple)
    9. Stardust
    10. C Jam Blues
    11. Unidentified Chorus
    12. All of Me
    13. B.W. Mixture
    14. Ramble Into Just for You
    15. K.C. Blues
    16. Harris Propelled
    17. Honeysuckle Rose
    18. I'm Yours
    19. I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter
    20. Rosetta
    21. Sweet Lorraine
    22. Body and Soul
    23. St. Louis Blues
    24. How Long How Long
    25. Bill's Blues for K.C.
    26. Fragment by Pete
    27. Joe Turner Medley
    28. Yancey Special
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 1017

  • Credits
    ProducerJohnny Parth

    Personnel: Pete Johnson (vocals, piano); Tom Harris (vocals, piano); Bill Atkinson (vocals).
    Audio Remasterer: Gerhard Wessely.
    Liner Note Authors: Axel Zwingenberger; Tom Harris; Konrad Nowakowski.
    Recording information: Bill Atkinson's Home, St. Louis, MO (07/30/1954-08/01/1954); J.M. Phillip's Home, St. Louis, MO (07/30/1954-08/01/1954).
    The unusual music featured on this CD was recorded at a pair of private parties held in St. Louis in the summer of 1954. The great boogie-woogie pianist Pete Johnson is featured playing blues, swing tunes, and standards. Sometimes the guests are a bit noisy in spots, but at other times they were obviously paying close attention to his playing. Throughout these performances, Johnson shows that he was more than just a boogie-woogie specialist, digging into such songs as "Perdido," "12th Street Rag," "Stardust," and "Honeysuckle Rose," striding away. Two numbers find him joined by as many as three other pianists (all playing the same piano): he backs Bill Atkinson's singing on two cuts, Tom Harris sings "K.C. Blues," and on "Harris Propelled," Johnson plays drums behind Harris' piano playing. In addition he is on a very rare vocal on "How Long How Long." Because the recording quality is not impeccable and there is some crowd noise in spots, this is not an essential release, but fans of Pete Johnson and his style of piano playing will find these performances to be of great interest. ~ Scott Yanow

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