Solo Piano 1969-1973

Solo Piano 1969-1973

by Don Ewell
     
 

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,See more details below

Overview

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:
09/02/2003
Label:
Chiaroscuro Records
UPC:
0091454010622
catalogNumber:
106
Rank:
142468

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Honey Babe
  2. Caution Blues/My Monday Date/Rosetta
  3. Sweet Georgia Brown/Rose of the Rio Grande
  4. Love Will Last
  5. Honey Hush
  6. Oh! Baby
  7. Davenport Blues
  8. 'Deed I Do
  9. Save It Pretty Mama/I Want a Little Girl/Cherry
  10. Ccny Rioter Blues
  11. I'm Coming Virginia
  12. Buddy's Habit/Carolina Shout/Little Rock Getaway
  13. Careless Love
  14. Lullaby in Rhythm
  15. Delmar Drag
  16. Sunday
  17. I'm Gonna Stomp Mr. Henry Lee

Disc 2

  1. Spain
  2. Snowy Morning Blues
  3. Nobody's Sweetheart
  4. Migrant Worker Blues
  5. Someday Sweetheart
  6. Take It in Stride
  7. Sweet Substitute
  8. Nice Work If You Can Get It
  9. Indian Summer
  10. Get Happy
  11. Dr. Heckle and Mr. Jibe
  12. Meat Rack Blues
  13. Someday You'll Be Sorry
  14. Thou Swell
  15. 100 Years from Today
  16. Keepin' Out of Mischief Now
  17. Blue Turning Grey Over You
  18. Found a New Baby

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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
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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