Jazz Piano of a Celtic Soul

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All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/4/2003
  • Label: Arbors Records
  • UPC: 780941129526
  • Catalog Number: 19295
  • Sales rank: 268,364

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Prologue: Prelude No. 9 in E - Professor Peter O'Brien (1:42)
  2. 2 Ain't Misbehavin' - Professor Peter O'Brien (5:06)
  3. 3 I Found a New Baby - Professor Peter O'Brien (3:25)
  4. 4 Davenport Blues - Professor Peter O'Brien (6:19)
  5. 5 Bohemia Rag - Professor Peter O'Brien (2:44)
  6. 6 Nocturne in B Flat - Professor Peter O'Brien (2:46)
  7. 7 Alligator Crawl - Professor Peter O'Brien (4:29)
  8. 8 Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? - Professor Peter O'Brien (4:15)
  9. 9 When Irish Eyes Are Smiling - Professor Peter O'Brien (3:36)
  10. 10 Macushla - Professor Peter O'Brien (4:42)
  11. 11 The Professor Stomps - Professor Peter O'Brien (3:14)
  12. 12 Liza (All the Clouds'll Roll Away) - Professor Peter O'Brien (2:56)
  13. 13 Fats Waller Medley: My Fate Is in Your Hands/When Someone Thinks ... - Professor Peter O'Brien (6:37)
  14. 14 Hymn to Freedom - Professor Peter O'Brien (5:19)
  15. 15 After You've Gone - Professor Peter O'Brien (5:15)
  16. 16 Ronda a la Turca - Professor Peter O'Brien (3:43)
  17. 17 Epilogue: A Little Jig - Professor Peter O'Brien (0:56)
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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
Gerry Williams Mastering
Ralph O'Callaghan Engineer
Aisling OConnor Cover Design
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