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Feelin' Blue

Feelin' Blue

by James P. Johnson
     
 
James P. Johnson was one of the foremost masters of stride piano, so collectors will be pleased to learn that eight of the 16 tracks on this compilation CD are piano solos. In addition to one of the earliest renditions of his well known "Snowy Morning Blues," there are several forgotten pieces worth hearing, including his buoyant "Riffs," See more details below

Overview

James P. Johnson was one of the foremost masters of stride piano, so collectors will be pleased to learn that eight of the 16 tracks on this compilation CD are piano solos. In addition to one of the earliest renditions of his well known "Snowy Morning Blues," there are several forgotten pieces worth hearing, including his buoyant "Riffs," Harry Warren's obscure "Crying for the Carolines" and the constantly shifting "You've Got to be Modernistic." Stride fans will particularly delight in his 1930 stride interpretation of Cole Porter's "What is This Thing Called Love." The band and orchestra recordings are a bit uneven. Johnson's various bands feature the likes of King Oliver, Cootie Williams or Louis Metcalf (trumpets), his protégé Fats Waller on a second piano, and guitarist Teddy Bunn. But Perry Bradford's vocals are unremarkable; neither is lyricist Andy Razaf (who co-composed "Go Harlem" with Johnson) an impressive singer, though he fares somewhat better when scatting. These tracks have been reissued numerous times by different labels, but this 1990 remastered edition on the European-based Halcyon (no relation to the label formerly owned by Marian McPartland) is worth purchasing.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/26/2000
Label:
Halcyon Records Uk
UPC:
5019317000325
catalogNumber:
107

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

James P. Johnson   Primary Artist,Piano,Soloist
Fats Waller   Piano,Group Member
Cootie Williams   Trumpet
Perry Bradford   Vocals,Announcer
Louis Metcalf   Cornet
Teddy Bunn   Banjo,Guitar
Jimmy Archey   Trombone
Geechie Fields   Trombone
Charlie Frazier   Tenor Saxophone
Charlie Holmes   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Ward Pinkett   Trumpet,Vocals
Ernest Elliott   Clarinet
Joe Watts   String Bass
Gus Horsley   Vocals
Dave Nelson & the King's Men   Trumpet

Technical Credits

James P. Johnson   Director,Personnel
Fats Waller   Personnel
Cootie Williams   Personnel
Perry Bradford   Composer,Duet,Personnel
Louis Metcalf   Personnel
Teddy Bunn   Personnel
Andy Razaf   Composer
Jimmy Archey   Personnel
Geechie Fields   Personnel
Charlie Frazier   Personnel
Charlie Holmes   Personnel
Ward Pinkett   Personnel
Cole Porter   Composer
Harry Warren   Composer
Spencer Williams   Composer
Ernest Elliott   Personnel
Joe Watts   Personnel
Paul Biese   Composer
Brian Rust   Liner Notes
Harry Hull   Brass Band,Personnel
John R. Bennett   Graphic Design
Gus Horsley   Duet,Personnel
Dave Nelson & the King's Men   Personnel
John Wadley   Producer

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