Alone at the Piano

Alone at the Piano

by Charles Brown
     
 
As one of the finest and most distinctive artists in West Coast blues, Charles Brown was always best served by performing with a small ensemble that complemented his low-key artistry rather than drowning it out, and this disc takes that notion and extends it to its logical conclusion by serving up Brown all by his lonesome, with no band to get in the way. See more details below

Overview

As one of the finest and most distinctive artists in West Coast blues, Charles Brown was always best served by performing with a small ensemble that complemented his low-key artistry rather than drowning it out, and this disc takes that notion and extends it to its logical conclusion by serving up Brown all by his lonesome, with no band to get in the way. Alone at the Piano was compiled from several sessions recorded for radio broadcasts and featuring Brown performing old standards (and a few familiar numbers from his repertoire) solo, with just his piano for accompaniment. While the fidelity of these recordings is variable (never bad, but sometimes not as good as you'd wish) and the one-take-live performances contain a few minor flubs, for the most part this disc is a collection of successful experiments; these sessions capture Brown as a jazz-accented balladeer (not a great stretch from his usual style, but this is notably less of a purist's blues set than one usually hears from Brown), and his takes on vintage chestnuts like "Cottage for Sale" and "Get Yourself Another Fool" are a joy to hear. The delicacy of these performances also allows Brown's vocals to curl around the melodies with a supple grace, and his piano work adds just the right amount of flourish to the tunes; if these aren't necessarily the definitive interpretations of these songs, at the very least they allow one to appreciate the nooks and crannies of his style without the often ill-advised accompaniment of the pickup bands that usually backed him prior to his creative rebirth with One More for the Road. A treasure for fans, and a treat for anyone who loves a great song well sung.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/13/2004
Label:
Savoy Jazz
UPC:
0795041732620
catalogNumber:
17326

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Charles Brown   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Charles Brown   Composer
Louis Jordan   Composer
Lucky Millinder   Composer
Russ Morgan   Composer
David Grover   Engineer
Larry Conley   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
J. Neiburg   Composer
Leon René   Composer
Sam H. Stept   Composer
Billy Vera   Producer,Liner Notes
Paul Francis Webster   Composer
Shari Hutchinson   Producer
Henri Woode   Composer
Willard Robison   Composer
Sidney Mitchell   Composer
Otis Rene   Composer
Jessie Mae Robinson   Composer
Bill Austin   Composer
Ella Tate   Composer
Monroe Tucker   Composer
Johnny Moore   Composer
Markus Heuger   Producer
Eddie Williams   Composer
Remus Harris   Composer
Irving Melsher   Composer
Chris Carroll   Art Direction

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