Commodore Piano Anthology

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Focusing mostly on swing and stride piano but occasionally detouring into boogie woogie, Commodore Piano Anthology, which came out in 2000 and spans 1938-1953, isn't the definitive collection of pre-bebop jazz piano; it couldn't be without anything by Duke Ellington, Earl "Fatha" Hines, James P. Johnson, or Count Basie. But then, it wasn't meant to be. What the collection does do is take an enjoyable look at some of the pre-Bud Powell, pre-Thelonious Monk pianists who recorded for Commodore during the era of 78s as either leaders or sidemen, many of whom were among the true heavyweights of their time. Jelly Roll Morton, Willie "The Lion" Smith, Albert Ammons, and Jess ...
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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Focusing mostly on swing and stride piano but occasionally detouring into boogie woogie, Commodore Piano Anthology, which came out in 2000 and spans 1938-1953, isn't the definitive collection of pre-bebop jazz piano; it couldn't be without anything by Duke Ellington, Earl "Fatha" Hines, James P. Johnson, or Count Basie. But then, it wasn't meant to be. What the collection does do is take an enjoyable look at some of the pre-Bud Powell, pre-Thelonious Monk pianists who recorded for Commodore during the era of 78s as either leaders or sidemen, many of whom were among the true heavyweights of their time. Jelly Roll Morton, Willie "The Lion" Smith, Albert Ammons, and Jess Stacy are all heard as unaccompanied solo pianists, whereas Fats Waller and Art Tatum are heard in small group settings -- Waller as a sideman for guitarist Eddie Condon on "You're Some Pretty Doll" in 1940, Tatum with the Esquire All Stars on a 1943 recording of "My Ideal," which also boasts Coleman Hawkins on tenor sax and Cootie Williams on trumpet. Meanwhile, the CD illustrates Teddy Wilson's flexibility by offering an unaccompanied performance of "That Old Feeling" in 1938 next to a 1944 version of "Night and Day" which finds the pianist comprising ΒΌ of clarinetist Edmond Hall's quartet. Again, this collection isn't the last word on pre-bop piano, but it's definitely pleasing and worth picking up.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/8/2000
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • UPC: 731454327329
  • Catalog Number: 543273

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 King Porter Stomp - Jelly Roll Morton (2:53)
  2. 2 The Crave - Jelly Roll Morton (3:07)
  3. 3 Passionette - Willie "The Lion" Smith (2:47)
  4. 4 Finger Buster - Willie "The Lion" Smith (3:05)
  5. 5 A Selection from the Gutter - Art Hodes (3:07)
  6. 6 Organ Grinder Blues - Art Hodes (3:27)
  7. 7 That Old Feeling - Teddy Wilson (2:34)
  8. 8 Night and Day - Teddy Wilson (2:55)
  9. 9 You're Some Pretty Doll - Fats Waller (2:52)
  10. 10 My Ideal - Art Tatum (3:09)
  11. 11 Summertime - Joe Sullivan (3:14)
  12. 12 Andy's Blues - Joe Sullivan (3:01)
  13. 13 Candlelights - Jess Stacy (3:18)
  14. 14 You're Driving Me Crazy - Jess Stacy (3:38)
  15. 15 Albert's Special Boogie Woogie - Albert Ammons (3:05)
  16. 16 Blues on My Mind - Albert Ammons (3:12)
  17. 17 I Can't Get Started - Joe Bushkin (3:01)
  18. 18 Blue Chips - Joe Bushkin (2:55)
  19. 19 Jubilee (2:53)
  20. 20 When a Woman Loves a Man (2:44)
  21. 21 Sweet Lorraine - Ralph Sutton (2:36)
  22. 22 Snowy Morning Blues - Ralph Sutton (3:00)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Albert Ammons Track Performer
Al Casey Guitar
Eddie Condon Guitar
Art Hodes Track Performer
Jelly Roll Morton Track Performer
Oscar Pettiford Bass
Mel Powell Track Performer
Pee Wee Russell Clarinet
Ralph Sutton Track Performer
Art Tatum Track Performer
Fats Waller Track Performer
Teddy Wilson Track Performer
Cootie Williams Trumpet
Joe Bushkin Track Performer
Edmond Hall Clarinet
Joe Sullivan Track Performer
George Wettling Drums
Coleman Hawkins Tenor Saxophone
George Brunies Trombone
Big Sid Catlett Drums
Cliff Leeman Drums
Artie Shapiro Bass
Jess Stacy Track Performer
Arthur Trappier Drums
Marty Marsala Trumpet
Billy Taylor Sr. Bass
Technical Credits
Leonard Feather Recording Producer
Alan Lomax Recording Producer
Milt Gabler Recording Producer
Orrin Keepnews Reissue Producer
Charles Peterson Inlay Photography
Willie "The Lion" Smith Composer
Bob Thiele Recording Producer
Spencer Williams Composer
Hollis King Art Direction
JoDee Stringham Graphic Design, Illustrations
Barney Gabler Recording Producer
Donaldson Composer
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