St. Louis Parties of July 20 & August 1, 1954

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
The unusual music featured on this CD was recorded at a pair of private parties held in St. Louis in the summer of 1954. The great boogie-woogie pianist Pete Johnson is featured playing blues, swing tunes, and standards. Sometimes the guests are a bit noisy in spots, but at other times they were obviously paying close attention to his playing. Throughout these performances, Johnson shows that he was more than just a boogie-woogie specialist, digging into such songs as "Perdido," "12th Street Rag," "Stardust," and "Honeysuckle Rose," striding away. Two numbers find him joined by as many as three other pianists (all playing the same piano): he backs Bill Atkinson's singing on...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
The unusual music featured on this CD was recorded at a pair of private parties held in St. Louis in the summer of 1954. The great boogie-woogie pianist Pete Johnson is featured playing blues, swing tunes, and standards. Sometimes the guests are a bit noisy in spots, but at other times they were obviously paying close attention to his playing. Throughout these performances, Johnson shows that he was more than just a boogie-woogie specialist, digging into such songs as "Perdido," "12th Street Rag," "Stardust," and "Honeysuckle Rose," striding away. Two numbers find him joined by as many as three other pianists (all playing the same piano): he backs Bill Atkinson's singing on two cuts, Tom Harris sings "K.C. Blues," and on "Harris Propelled," Johnson plays drums behind Harris' piano playing. In addition he is on a very rare vocal on "How Long How Long." Because the recording quality is not impeccable and there is some crowd noise in spots, this is not an essential release, but fans of Pete Johnson and his style of piano playing will find these performances to be of great interest.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/12/1999
  • Label: Document
  • UPC: 714298101720
  • Catalog Number: 1017
  • Sales rank: 221,022

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 B.W. Thing (3:10)
  2. 2 Just for You (2:49)
  3. 3 Story by Pete Johnson (2:29)
  4. 4 Basin Street Blues (3:11)
  5. 5 Perdido (2:22)
  6. 6 Boo Woo (3:23)
  7. 7 Twelfth Street Rag (2:39)
  8. 8 All Out (Boogie In Multiple) (4:26)
  9. 9 Stardust (1:47)
  10. 10 C Jam Blues (2:46)
  11. 11 Unidentified Chorus (2:25)
  12. 12 All of Me (1:37)
  13. 13 B.W. Mixture (3:42)
  14. 14 Ramble into Just for You (3:32)
  15. 15 K.C. Blues (3:30)
  16. 16 Harris Propelled (2:01)
  17. 17 Honeysuckle Rose (2:12)
  18. 18 I'm Yours (1:18)
  19. 19 I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter (1:35)
  20. 20 Rosetta (1:30)
  21. 21 Sweet Lorraine (0:59)
  22. 22 Body and Soul (3:09)
  23. 23 St. Louis Blues (3:01)
  24. 24 How Long How Long (3:38)
  25. 25 Bill's Blues for K.C. (2:57)
  26. 26 Fragment by Pete (0:46)
  27. 27 Joe Turner Medley (4:15)
  28. 28 Yancey Special (6:08)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Pete Johnson Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Piano, Vocals, Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Bill Atkinson Vocals
Tom Harris Piano, Vocals
Technical Credits
Big Joe Turner Composer
Pete Johnson Composer
W.C. Handy Composer
Axel Zwingenberger Liner Notes
Andy Razaf Composer
Fred E. Ahlert Composer
Tom Harris Liner Notes
Meade "Lux" Lewis Composer
Mitchell Parish Composer
Johnny Parth Producer
Ned Washington Composer
Gerhard Wessely Remastering
Konrad Nowakowski Liner Notes
Herman Walder Composer
Joe Young Composer
Seymour Simons Composer
Gerald Marks Composer
Clifford R. Burwell Composer
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