Jazz in Paris: Harlem Piano in Montmartre

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
This compilation in Universal Music's vast Jazz in Paris reissue series collects performances by four Americans who went to live and work in Europe, though none of them achieved great fame in the long run. The earliest recordings feature stride pianist Garland Wilson, playing a rather unusual interpretation of Duke Ellington's "Mood Indigo" that focuses a lot on the upper end of the keyboard, along with a pair of interesting originals and a romping "China Boy." Of less interest are the pair of duets with singer Nina Mae McKinney. Herman Chittison had the most potential of the pianists heard on this disc, though he recorded erratically as a leader or soloist. His eight solos ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
This compilation in Universal Music's vast Jazz in Paris reissue series collects performances by four Americans who went to live and work in Europe, though none of them achieved great fame in the long run. The earliest recordings feature stride pianist Garland Wilson, playing a rather unusual interpretation of Duke Ellington's "Mood Indigo" that focuses a lot on the upper end of the keyboard, along with a pair of interesting originals and a romping "China Boy." Of less interest are the pair of duets with singer Nina Mae McKinney. Herman Chittison had the most potential of the pianists heard on this disc, though he recorded erratically as a leader or soloist. His eight solos include delightful treatments of "Honeysuckle Rose," a hard-charging "Bugle Call Rag" well before it became a bluegrass favorite, along with a swinging "Stormy Weather." Chittison was also a strong writer whose compositions are unjustly overlooked; check out his challenging "You'll Be My Lover." The two vocal tracks with Arita Day are disappointing, as Day is simply not in Chittison's league as a musician. Clarinetist Danny Polo is accompanied by pianist Garland Wilson and drummer Jerry Mengo for a pair of songs, including a perfunctory take of "You Made Me Love You," though he sounds as if he is having some intonation problems. "Montmartre Loan" is probably an original blues, sounding like early New Orleans jazz, with a lot of emphasis on the middle and lower register. The last four selections feature pianist Charlie Lewis with bassist Emmanuel Soudieux and drummer Jerry Mengo. Except for "Some of These Days," most of the material was fairly recent at the time of this 1941 session. His swinging renditions of "Coquette" and "April in Paris" stand out. The midline pricing of this anthology make it very attractive for those wanting to sample less familiar pianists.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/25/2008
  • Label: Emarcy Import
  • UPC: 044001844720
  • Catalog Number: 018447

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Blues en Si Bémol (2:57)
  2. 2 Get Up, Bessie (3:07)
  3. 3 Mood Indigo (3:30)
  4. 4 China Boy (3:11)
  5. 5 Minnie the Moocher's Wedding Day (2:58)
  6. 6 Rhapsody in Love (3:22)
  7. 7 Honeysuckle Rose (3:00)
  8. 8 Bugle Call Rag (2:28)
  9. 9 You'll Be My Lover (3:08)
  10. 10 Stormy Weather (3:04)
  11. 11 Heat Wave (2:41)
  12. 12 Miss Otis Regrets (2:58)
  13. 13 St. Louis Blues (3:28)
  14. 14 Red Jill Rag (3:13)
  15. 15 Nagasaki (3:16)
  16. 16 Trees (3:13)
  17. 17 You Made Me Love You - Danny Polo Trio (3:11)
  18. 18 Montmartre Loan - Danny Polo Trio (2:54)
  19. 19 Coquette - Charlie Lewis (3:07)
  20. 20 Long Ago and Far Away - Charlie Lewis (2:51)
  21. 21 Some of These Days - Charlie Lewis (2:44)
  22. 22 April in Paris - Charlie Lewis (2:49)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Herman Chittison Piano
Jerry Mengo Drums
Danny Polo Clarinet
Emmanuel Soudieux Double Bass
Garland Wilson Piano
Charlie Lewis Piano
Arita Day Vocals
Nina Mae McKinney Vocals
Technical Credits
Irving Berlin Composer
Fats Waller Composer
Herman Chittison Composer
Irving Mills Composer
W.C. Handy Composer
Harold Arlen Composer
Vernon Duke Composer
Ernest Hemingway Author
Andy Razaf Composer
Jerome Kern Composer
Jack Pettis Composer
Barney Bigard Composer
Shelton Brooks Composer
Duke Ellington Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Johnny Green Composer
Gus Kahn Composer
Danny Polo Composer
Cole Porter Composer
Elmer Schoebel Composer
Harry Warren Composer
Clarence Williams Composer
Billy Meyers Composer
Garland Wilson Composer
Carmen Lombardo Composer
Alain Tercinet Liner Notes
Ted Koehler Composer
Mort Dixon Composer
Phil Boutelje Composer
James V. Monaco Composer
Dick Winfree Composer
André Kertesz Cover Photo
Martin Davies English Translations
Joseph McCarthy Composer
Joyce Kilmer Composer
Oscar Rasbach Composer
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