Billy Mayerl: Original Recordings, Vol. 1

Billy Mayerl: Original Recordings, Vol. 1

by Billy Mayerl
     
 

This entertaining set from Naxos collects numerous Billy Mayerl recordings, showing both the eccentric, crazy-fingered side of the British pianist while also including his more conventional period pieces. "Marigold" -- Mayerl's defining performance -- is here; it even provides inspiration for the cover art. "All-Of-A-Twist" shows off Mayerl's wild abandon on the… See more details below

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This entertaining set from Naxos collects numerous Billy Mayerl recordings, showing both the eccentric, crazy-fingered side of the British pianist while also including his more conventional period pieces. "Marigold" -- Mayerl's defining performance -- is here; it even provides inspiration for the cover art. "All-Of-A-Twist" shows off Mayerl's wild abandon on the ivories, traveling up and down the keyboard while still staying within the framework of 1920s instrumental style -- it's like the rapid-fire soundtrack of an early motion picture. You can just see the herky-jerky footage, with a smiling man in a straw boater riding his penny farthing bicycle, turning to the lens as if to speak, and laughing when he realizes he's on camera. At the same time, Mayerl's slower material shows a flair for nuance. The suites -- "Three Miniatures in Syncopation" and "Three Dances in Syncopation" -- each move beautifully through quiet moments and flashes of tittering keys. Again, it's easy to hear it and imagine the gray scale snapshot of a British Pathé newsreel, turning its cameras on an estate sale, or a public appearance by Princess Elizabeth. While his introspective suites showed needed depth, it was his rapid-fire, oddly-timed compositions with which Mayerl really made his name, and Original Recordings doesn't disappoint. Besides "All-Of-A-Twist," there's "Jazzaristrix," "Virginia Creeper," and the fabulously wacky "Honky-Tonk." The set is a great overview of a talented pianist's work while being incredibly provocative for his particular time period.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/18/2003
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0636943265321
catalogNumber:
8120653

Tracks

  1. Marigold, a syncopated impression for piano
  2. I. Golliwog
  3. II. Judy
  4. III. Punch
  5. Medley: Intro / One Alone / The Riff Song / The Desert Song / It
  6. All-of-a-Twist, for piano (from Pianolettes)
  7. Eskimo Shivers, for piano
  8. Medley: Intro / Your Sunny Disposition and Mine / Anything / It Must Be
  9. I. Cobweb
  10. II. Muffin Man
  11. III. Clockwork
  12. Sennen Cove for piano, Op. 53
  13. Jazzaristrix, for piano
  14. Virginia Creeper, for piano
  15. Limehouse Blues
  16. Mignonette, for piano
  17. I. English Dance
  18. II. Cricket Dance
  19. III. Harmonica Dance
  20. Indespensable You (for inclusion in the musical "Silver Wings")  -  Jack Hylton & His Orchestra
  21. Honky-Tonk, a rhythmical absurdity for piano
  22. Honeysuckle, for piano
  23. Medley: Intro / A-Shooting We Will Go / You're the Reason Why / Those I
  24. Have A Heart  -  Ray Noble & His Orchestra
  25. Hollyhock, for piano

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Billy Mayerl   Primary Artist,Piano,Conductor,Soloist
Jack Hylton   Conductor
Ray Noble   Conductor
Bowlly   Vocals
Ray Noble & His Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Pat O'Malley   Vocals
Patrick O'Malley   Vocals
Court Symphony Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Jack Hylton & His Orchestra   Performing Ensemble

Technical Credits

Sigmund Romberg   Composer
Billy Mayerl   Arranger,Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Otto Harbach   Composer
Philip Braham   Composer
Douglas Furber   Composer
Guy W. Rowland   Liner Notes

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