In My Solitude, Vol. 16: Arbors Piano Series

In My Solitude, Vol. 16: Arbors Piano Series

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by Jeff Barnhart
     
 

Jeff Barnhart's first solo piano recording is a marvelous collection of stride piano interpretations of standards, obscure compositions and originals. He is very much a melodic pianist, but can dazzle with his left hand when he chooses to do so. He inserts a lively chorus of romping stride in the midst of a generally easygoing "When I Grow Too Old to Dream," inviting… See more details below

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Jeff Barnhart's first solo piano recording is a marvelous collection of stride piano interpretations of standards, obscure compositions and originals. He is very much a melodic pianist, but can dazzle with his left hand when he chooses to do so. He inserts a lively chorus of romping stride in the midst of a generally easygoing "When I Grow Too Old to Dream," inviting comparisons to Fats Waller and Ralph Sutton with his upbeat, humorous interpretation of "All God's Chillun Got Rhythm," as well capturing the lush, yet melancholy mood of Duke Ellington's marvelous ballad "Solitude." Sidney Bechet's "Petite Fleur" will be familiar to fans of the late soprano saxophonist, though it is infrequently played and this is likely the first solo piano recording of it. Barnhart initially introduces this hidden gem as a tango before switching into a lively stride mode. His delightful approach to "An Ev'ning in Caroline," a long overlooked Walter Donaldson composition, makes one wonder why it has been so neglected. Barnhart's originals are every bit as much fun. The upbeat "Arbors Joys" sounds like a throwback to the early days of cutting contests among the Harlem Stride masters. "Remembering Ralph" is a warm salute to the late Ralph Sutton, a modern master who dazzled audiences for decades with his powerful hands and lyrical playing style. Jeff Barnhart's top-notch studio sessions are complemented by veteran writer Floyd Levin's informative liner notes, a lucky soul who witnessed the music as it was performed.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/09/2006
Label:
Arbors Records
UPC:
0780941132427
catalogNumber:
19324
Rank:
182544

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jeff Barnhart   Primary Artist,Piano

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Sigmund Romberg   Composer
Irving Berlin   Composer
Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Jelly Roll Morton   Composer
Fats Waller   Composer
Irving Mills   Composer
Bronislaw Kaper   Composer
Andy Razaf   Composer
Sidney Bechet   Composer
Bix Beiderbecke   Composer
Eddie DeLange   Composer
Walter Donaldson   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Arthur Hamilton   Composer
Gus Kahn   Composer
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Ned Washington   Composer
Victor Young   Composer
Mat Domber   Audio Production
Rachel Domber   Audio Production
Clifford R. Burwell   Composer
Walter Jurmann   Composer
Jeff Barnhart   Composer

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