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Pop Goes the Ivories
     

Pop Goes the Ivories

by Roger Williams
 
On his 115th album, Roger Williams shows he still has the stuff. Though in his seventies, the man who has played for every president since Harry Truman glides through glissandos and other challenging piano techniques as though he could do it in his sleep. Part Liberace, part Henry Mancini, and part Roger Williams, the live St. Louis

Overview

On his 115th album, Roger Williams shows he still has the stuff. Though in his seventies, the man who has played for every president since Harry Truman glides through glissandos and other challenging piano techniques as though he could do it in his sleep. Part Liberace, part Henry Mancini, and part Roger Williams, the live St. Louis audience is treated to classical, bebop, jazz, and cocktail lounge styles, among others. Also, the listener is treated to Williams' dry and self-deprecating humor, though his attempt at leading the audience in song lets listeners know he made a good choice by sticking to the ivories. Known as a pop pianist, his musical interest is actually wide and varied, and thus one hears works such as Brahms' "Hungarian Dance #5," Duke Ellington's "Take the A Train," "My Heart Will Go On" (from Titanic), and, of course, Williams' two biggest hits, "Born Free" ("Star Wars" turned upside down, as Williams describes it) and his signature song "Autumn Leaves." Though, at times, his humor can be a bit corny, such as his Adam and Eve story to lead into "Autumn Leaves," Williams is at the top of his game on this live recording, and his playing is never less than dazzling. Call it showy, call it what you will, he has gotten better with age. Simply put, the man is remarkable at what he does.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/25/2000
Label:
GOLD LABEL
UPC:
0786052801023
catalogNumber:
8010

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Performance Credits

Roger Williams   Primary Artist
Jim Carnelli   Snare Drums
Gary Nesteruk   Synthesizer
Dave Bash Johnson   Percussion
Ed Finn   Guitar
Michael George   Bass
J. Christopher Pardini   Organ

Technical Credits

Roger Williams   Producer
Vinícius de Moraes   Composer
Bert Kaempfert   Composer
Norman Gimbel   Composer
Antonio Carlos Jobim   Composer
Eddie Snyder   Composer
Gary Van Pelt   Engineer
Dale Sheets   Executive Producer
Peter Baird   Post Production Mix
Charlie Singleton   Composer

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