Runnin' Wild (1921-1926)

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
It is not until the final paragraph of the liner notes of this CD that it is mentioned that the set of James P. Johnson solo performances are piano rolls rather than recordings; nowhere does it state that important fact on the outside cover. The most interesting aspect of the reissue is that the great pianist did not otherwise record the majority of the numbers, including his famous "Charleston" although a longer piano roll version has been released elsewhere. As is true of all piano rolls, the rhythms are a bit mechanical, and some of the playing might have been "enhanced" by additional punching of holes. But in general, these performances do indeed sound like the father ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
It is not until the final paragraph of the liner notes of this CD that it is mentioned that the set of James P. Johnson solo performances are piano rolls rather than recordings; nowhere does it state that important fact on the outside cover. The most interesting aspect of the reissue is that the great pianist did not otherwise record the majority of the numbers, including his famous "Charleston" although a longer piano roll version has been released elsewhere. As is true of all piano rolls, the rhythms are a bit mechanical, and some of the playing might have been "enhanced" by additional punching of holes. But in general, these performances do indeed sound like the father of stride piano, even if the CD is less essential than James P.'s actual recordings.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/29/1997
  • Label: Tradition Records
  • UPC: 600491104821
  • Catalog Number: 48
  • Sales rank: 85,018

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Runnin' Wild Medley: The Charleston/ Old Fashioned Love/ Open Your ... - Robert P. Johnson (6:57)
  2. 2 Carolina Shout - Robert P. Johnson (3:19)
  3. 3 Arkansas Blues - Robert P. Johnson (3:37)
  4. 4 Ole Miss Blues - Robert P. Johnson (3:19)
  5. 5 Harlem Choc'late Babies on Parade - Robert P. Johnson (2:49)
  6. 6 Cry Baby Blues - Robert P. Johnson (3:21)
  7. 7 Eccentricity - Robert P. Johnson (3:16)
  8. 8 Sugar - Robert P. Johnson (3:46)
  9. 9 The Down Home Blues - Robert P. Johnson (3:24)
  10. 10 (Look) What a Fool I've Been - Robert P. Johnson (3:36)
  11. 11 Muscle Shoals Blues - Robert P. Johnson (3:00)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
James P. Johnson Primary Artist, Piano
Robert P. Johnson Track Performer
Technical Credits
Michael Ochs Photo Courtesy
Anton Glovsky Producer, Reissue Producer
Maceo Pinkard Composer
Sidney Mitchell Composer
Edna Alexander Composer
Alan Lowe Liner Notes
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