Solo Piano 1969-1973

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Don Ewell was never a huge name in the jazz world, but the small following that he enjoyed was an enthusiastic one -- and those who were hip to the late pianist really swore by him. Listening to Solo Piano 1969-1973, it isn't hard to understand why; this two-CD set paints a consistently attractive picture of Ewell's talents as a stride pianist. Born in 1916, Ewell was in his fifties when these unaccompanied solo piano recordings were made in the late '60s and early '70s -- and much to the delight of die-hard stride enthusiasts, Ewell never changed with the times. He was totally unaffected by bebop pianists like Bud Powell, Thelonious Monk, and Al Haig -- for that matter,...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Don Ewell was never a huge name in the jazz world, but the small following that he enjoyed was an enthusiastic one -- and those who were hip to the late pianist really swore by him. Listening to Solo Piano 1969-1973, it isn't hard to understand why; this two-CD set paints a consistently attractive picture of Ewell's talents as a stride pianist. Born in 1916, Ewell was in his fifties when these unaccompanied solo piano recordings were made in the late '60s and early '70s -- and much to the delight of die-hard stride enthusiasts, Ewell never changed with the times. He was totally unaffected by bebop pianists like Bud Powell, Thelonious Monk, and Al Haig -- for that matter, Ewell favored a style that was even older than the swing pianism of Teddy Wilson, Nat King Cole, Count Basie, and Jess Stacy. Ewell was stride all the way; his roots were the '20s recordings of Jelly Roll Morton, James P. Johnson, Fats Waller, and Earl "Fatha" Hines, and he was great at what he did. All of those influences can be heard on this 2003 release, which contains three of Ewell's Chiaroscuro LPs in their entirety Jazz on a Sunday Afternoon, A Jazz Portrait of the Artist, and Take It in Stride as well as a previously unreleased performance of "I Found a New Baby" from 1967. The inclusion of that 1967 recording makes the title Solo Piano 1969-1973 inaccurate, but an inaccurate title certainly doesn't make Ewell's performances any less memorable -- performances that are stylistically right out of the '20s and are totally oblivious to what was going on in the late '60s/early '70s. This excellent reissue is happily recommended to anyone who is seriously interested in '20s-style stride piano.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/2/2003
  • Label: Chiaroscuro Records
  • UPC: 091454010622
  • Catalog Number: 106
  • Sales rank: 163,337

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Don Ewell Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Lonnie Johnson Composer
George Gershwin Composer
Victor Herbert Composer
Eddie Condon Composer
James P. Johnson Composer
Jelly Roll Morton Composer
Jack Teagarden Composer
Fats Waller Composer
Don Ewell Composer
Edgar Sampson Composer
W.C. Handy Composer
Harold Arlen Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Andy Razaf Composer
Fred Miller Engineer
Louis Armstrong Composer
George Avakian Liner Notes
Jon Bates Mastering
Chester Cohn Composer
Will Marion Cook Composer
Al Dubin Composer
Lorenz Hart Composer
Isham Jones Composer
Gus Kahn Composer
Martha E. Koenig Composer
Benny Krueger Composer
Eddie Miller Composer
Hank O'Neal Producer, Engineer, Liner Notes
Fred Rose Composer
Elmer Schoebel Composer
Jule Styne Composer
Spencer Williams Composer
Dick McDonough Composer
Billy Meyers Composer
Hayden Carruth Liner Notes
Ed Kirkeby Composer
Leo Meiersdorff Cover Design
DuBose Heyward Composer
Ted Koehler Composer
Walter Hirsch Composer
Benjamin Franklin Spikes Composer
Clarence Profit Composer
Ernie Erdman Composer
Ian Clifford Graphic Manipulation
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