James P. Johnson: Victory Stride

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All Music Guide - "Blue" Gene Tyranny
Famous as the "Father of the Harlem Stride Piano," and the writer of 16 musical revues, James P. Johnson composed many symphonic works on the American experience. The Concordia Orchestra conducted by Marin Alsop, with pianist Leslie Stifelman, performs six of Johnson's main works with great vigor and feeling. "The Victory Stride" 1944 is a foot-tapping swing tune, featuring a minor key theme played by the saxes backed by a mellismatic string section; a terrific piano, clarinet, trombone and trumpet break takes us back to the '40s bands which were keeping up the national spirit during wartime. The four movement "Harlem Symphony" 1932 takes us on a "Subway Journey" ...
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All Music Guide - "Blue" Gene Tyranny
Famous as the "Father of the Harlem Stride Piano," and the writer of 16 musical revues, James P. Johnson composed many symphonic works on the American experience. The Concordia Orchestra conducted by Marin Alsop, with pianist Leslie Stifelman, performs six of Johnson's main works with great vigor and feeling. "The Victory Stride" 1944 is a foot-tapping swing tune, featuring a minor key theme played by the saxes backed by a mellismatic string section; a terrific piano, clarinet, trombone and trumpet break takes us back to the '40s bands which were keeping up the national spirit during wartime. The four movement "Harlem Symphony" 1932 takes us on a "Subway Journey" through various ethnic neighborhoods, sweeps the listener away with a 1930s-style ballad, "April in Harlem," orchestrated in lush tones, then provides some toe-tapping entertainment in the "Night Club," and concludes with a syncopated spiritual in the "Baptist Mission," set to a walking bass and often rocking backbeat. The two-movement "Concerto Jazz A Mine" 1934 is built on the significant styles of American piano -- boogie-woogie, ragtime, city blues, stride -- and peppered with concerto-isms, like octave and scale runs, and sequencing chromatic passages. The second movement is a wonderfully moody ballad that could easily become a "standard." Pianist Stifelman interprets the work with great feeling and a richly modulated tone. The "American Suite" 1934 greatly extends the dissonances and melodic possibilities of W.C. Handy's "St. Louis Blues. Drums -- A Symphonic Poem" ca. 1942 opens with a terrific tympani solo as if designed for a swing drummer. Johnson's famous "Charleston" 1923 is presented here in an orchestration by David Rimelis, based on a 1947 New Orleans band broadcast with Johnson at the piano, plus tap dancer!.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/8/1994
  • Label: MUSIC MASTERS JAZZ
  • UPC: 016126714042
  • Catalog Number: 67140

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Victory Stride - James P. Johnson & Marin Alsop (4:11)
    Composed byJames P. Johnson
    Conducted byMarin Alsop
    Performed byMarin Alsop, Concordia Orchestra
  2. 2–5 Harlem Symphony - James P. Johnson & Marin Alsop (21:49)
    Composed byJames P. Johnson
    Conducted byMarin Alsop
    Performed byMarin Alsop, Concordia Orchestra
    1. 2Subway Journey
    2. 3April in Harlem
    3. 4Night Club
    4. 5Baptist Mission
  3. 6–7 Concerto for piano & orchestra, "Jazz a Mine" - James P. Johnson & Marin Alsop (17:27)
    Composed byJames P. Johnson
    Conducted byMarin Alsop
    Performed byMarin Alsop, Concordia Orchestra
    1. 6Movement I - Allegro
    2. 7Movement II - Adagio
  4. 8 American Symphonic Suite, based on W. C. Handy's St. Louis Blues: Lament - James P. Johnson & Marin Alsop (8:53)
    Composed byJames P. Johnson
    Conducted byMarin Alsop
    Performed byMarin Alsop, Concordia Orchestra
  5. 9 Drums, symphonic poem - James P. Johnson & Marin Alsop (9:25)
    Composed byJames P. Johnson
    Conducted byMarin Alsop
    Performed byMarin Alsop, Concordia Orchestra
  6. 10 Charleston, (from Runnin' Wild) - James P. Johnson & Marin Alsop (8:17)
    Composed byJames P. Johnson
    Conducted byMarin Alsop
    Performed byMarin Alsop, Concordia Orchestra
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