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Jazz Piano of a Celtic Soul
     

Jazz Piano of a Celtic Soul

by Peter O'Brien
 
Genres cross and blend with amazing frequency in the post-millennium musical universe, so it's little surprise that an Irish pianist named Peter O'Brien would have become engrossed with an American pianist named Fats Waller as a teen. Along the way, O'Brien absorbed ragtime, stride, boogie-woogie, and the blues, styles that he filtered

Overview

Genres cross and blend with amazing frequency in the post-millennium musical universe, so it's little surprise that an Irish pianist named Peter O'Brien would have become engrossed with an American pianist named Fats Waller as a teen. Along the way, O'Brien absorbed ragtime, stride, boogie-woogie, and the blues, styles that he filtered through his own Celtic sensibility. All of these disparate strands merge on Jazz Piano of a Celtic Soul, a lovely outing of solo piano played before live audiences. This eclectic affair is grounded in classic jazz, but hardly limited to it. Old favorites like Bix Beiderbecke's "Davenport Blues" sit beside the sentimental "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?" and classical pieces like Bach's "Prelude No. 9 in E." What connects these many shadings together is O'Brien's adept touch at the keyboards. He easily builds bridges between the raucous "Ain't Misbehavin'" and gentle "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling," between a "Fats Waller Medley" and Mozart's "Ronda a la Turca." It's almost as though the pianist were paying homage to all of his influences while simultaneously showing how much different genres -- classical, jazz, and Celtic -- have in common. Jazz Piano of a Celtic Soul seems to challenge players and listeners to reach beyond familiar borders to recognize a more universal language.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/04/2003
Label:
Arbors Records
UPC:
0780941129526
catalogNumber:
19295

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Peter O'Brien   Primary Artist,Piano

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart   Composer
Oscar Peterson   Composer
Fats Waller   Composer
Andy Razaf   Composer
Fred E. Ahlert   Composer
Johann Sebastian Bach   Composer
Bix Beiderbecke   Composer
Henry Creamer   Composer
Joe Davis   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg   Composer
Gus Kahn   Composer
Joseph Lamb   Composer
Turner Layton   Composer
Peter O'Brien   Arranger,Producer,Author
Jack Palmer   Composer
Spencer Williams   Composer
Chauncey Olcott   Composer
Harry Brooks   Composer
Joe Young   Composer
Mat Domber   Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Rachel Domber   Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Harry Woods   Composer
Jay Gorney   Composer
Dermot MacMurrough   Composer
Ernest R. Ball   Composer
Gary Graff   Composer
Ralph O'Callaghan   Engineer
Aisling OConnor   Cover Design

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