Tributes, Portraits and Other Stories

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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
In the 21st century there are relatively few active pianists who specialize in stride piano, though French pianist Louis Mazetier, a radiologist whose ability to tour has been limited, is one of the top stride stylists in Europe. Prior to this record date, he had recorded a pair of releases for Stomp Off and a duo date with stride master Dick Hyman, but he's solo for this outing. He romps through James P. Johnson's "You've Got to Be Modernistic" and displays a bit of Art Tatum-like flourishes in his treatment of "Tea for Two," though his stride-oriented interpretation of the latter piece is at a far more relaxed tempo. It's also great to hear a forgotten gem like the lyrical...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
In the 21st century there are relatively few active pianists who specialize in stride piano, though French pianist Louis Mazetier, a radiologist whose ability to tour has been limited, is one of the top stride stylists in Europe. Prior to this record date, he had recorded a pair of releases for Stomp Off and a duo date with stride master Dick Hyman, but he's solo for this outing. He romps through James P. Johnson's "You've Got to Be Modernistic" and displays a bit of Art Tatum-like flourishes in his treatment of "Tea for Two," though his stride-oriented interpretation of the latter piece is at a far more relaxed tempo. It's also great to hear a forgotten gem like the lyrical "Sneakaway" by stride great Willie "The Lion" Smith. There are plenty of standards, including an upbeat stride setting of "Just You, Just Me" that suggests the late Ralph Sutton's influence, along with a dreamy "Skylark" that glistens. Mazetier's originals are memorable, too. "Simply the Blues" is a relaxed, subtle tribute to Tatum that conveys Tatum's blues chops in a reserved manner. "Portrait of a Portraitist" is a playful salute to Duke Ellington in the mold of the bandleader's tribute to Willie "The Lion" Smith. Mazetier's four-part "Significant Ladies Suite" is a diverse, entertaining affair.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/13/2008
  • Label: Arbors Records
  • UPC: 780941136128
  • Catalog Number: 19361
  • Sales rank: 151,082

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Louis Mazetier Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Hoagy Carmichael Composer
Jelly Roll Morton Composer
Donald Lambert Arranger
Louis Mazetier Composer, Liner Notes
Vincent Youmans Composer
Fred E. Ahlert Composer
Gus Arnheim Composer
Irving Caesar Composer
Howard Dietz Composer
Jesse Greer Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Peter Pfister Engineer, Mastering
Arthur Schwartz Composer
Roy Turk Composer
Jorg Koran Producer
Kay Swift Composer
Alyn Shipton Liner Notes
Mat Domber Producer
Rachel Domber Producer
Jules LeMare (Chas. N. Daniels) Composer
James Warburg Composer
Luke Melton Cover Design
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