Jazz Piano Masters

Jazz Piano Masters

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by Eubie Blake
     
 

The excerpts from this concert at the New School were a happy accident; the four pianists were hired to give engineering students a chance to practice recording live performances. Long out of print, this CD reissue adds MC John Hammond's insightful (if poorly recorded) introductions and a number of bonus tracks. Teddy Wilson's opening set…  See more details below

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The excerpts from this concert at the New School were a happy accident; the four pianists were hired to give engineering students a chance to practice recording live performances. Long out of print, this CD reissue adds MC John Hammond's insightful (if poorly recorded) introductions and a number of bonus tracks. Teddy Wilson's opening set is marvelous, though the producers overlooked that his performance of "Body and Soul" is actually a medley which also includes "Moonglow." Claude Hopkins, who was not well-known as a solo pianist, nearly steals the show with his romps through "Indiana" and "Three Little Words." Dill Jones, a Welsh pianist who was likely the least well-known musician heard during the concert, delivers an impressive take of "Just Squeeze Me" and a show stopping rendition of "Little Rock Getaway." But then 89 years old, Eubie Blake takes top solo honors with his enthusiastic set, which now includes his first work "Charleston Rag" (composed in 1899 at age 16!) and his most popular composition "Memories of You," in addition to a lively take of Cole Porter's "You Do Something to Me" and the still-mislabeled "Troublesome Ivories" (caused by Blake's apparent memory lapse during the concert, as he introduces it before and after its performance as "Tricky Fingers"). This is an essential acquisition for fans of solo jazz piano.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/15/1999
Label:
Chiaroscuro Records
UPC:
0091454017027
catalogNumber:
170
Rank:
128726

Tracks

  1. Opening Remarks by John Hammond and Teddy Wilson
  2. Solitude/Take the "A" Train
  3. The Man I Love/Someone to Watch over Me/Nice Work If You Can Get It
  4. Body and Soul
  5. Lil' Darlin'
  6. One O'Clock Jump
  7. John Hammond and Claude Hopkins Comments
  8. (Back Home Again In) Indiana
  9. Squeeze Me
  10. I Would Do Most Anything for You
  11. Three Little Words
  12. Crying My Heart out for You
  13. John Hammonds and Dill Jones Comments
  14. Just Squeeze Me (But Don't Tease Me)
  15. African Ripples
  16. Sign of the Lion
  17. Little Rock Getaway
  18. John Hammonds and Eubie Blake Comments
  19. Charleston Rag
  20. Melodic Rag
  21. Troublesome Ivories
  22. You Do Something to Me
  23. Memories of You/John Hammond's Closing Remarks

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