In My Solitude, Vol. 16: Arbors Piano Series

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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
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: 5/9/2006
  • Label: Arbors Records
  • UPC: 780941132427
  • Catalog Number: 19324
  • Sales rank: 346,977

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 II 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    My favorite album

    I can't say enough good about this album! Jeff Barnhart's musical skill is beyond question, but his ability to draw the listener in is what I find truly remarkable. You will feel as if he is right there in your living room carrying on a conversation with you through his piano.

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