Yulestride

Yulestride

by Butch Thompson
     
 
With the passing of the last of the original stride piano masters during the 1970s and 1980s, Butch Thompson became one of the leading practitioners of the style. Thompson's stride interpretations of Christmas carols are rather refreshing, as he plays 17 holiday carols and gives them a new lease on life from the often mundane versions heard on most releases (whether

Overview

With the passing of the last of the original stride piano masters during the 1970s and 1980s, Butch Thompson became one of the leading practitioners of the style. Thompson's stride interpretations of Christmas carols are rather refreshing, as he plays 17 holiday carols and gives them a new lease on life from the often mundane versions heard on most releases (whether jazz or any other form of music). "Silent Night" is bluesy, while "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear" is played straight up at first before he launches into a lively romp. "God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen" is more subtle with some beautiful improvising. "I'll Be Home for Christmas" sounds like it could have been played by Fats Waller; all that is missing are the late pianist's likely wisecracks. "Angels From the Realms of Glory" doesn't make it onto many Christmas releases, but Thompson's sensitive interpretation of this pretty hymn should turn some heads. As are all of Butch Thompson's releases for Daring, this CD is also highly recommended.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/18/1994
Label:
DARING RECORDS
UPC:
0025101301023
catalogNumber:
3010

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Butch Thompson   Primary Artist,Piano

Technical Credits

Adolphe Adam   Composer
Felix Mendelssohn   Composer
Franz Schubert   Composer
Irving Berlin   Composer
Butch Thompson   Arranger,Liner Notes
Buck Ram   Composer
Mason Daring   Producer
Franz Gruber   Composer
Kim Gannon   Composer
Walter Kent   Composer
Mark Tanzer   Engineer
Charles Wesley   Composer
Richard Storrs Willis   Composer
Joseph Mohr   Composer
Phillip Brooks   Composer
Edmund Hamilton Sears   Composer
William Sandys   Composer
John Sullivan Dwight   Composer
Karen Battles   Engineer
Joe Farnham   Illustrations
Lisa Leeson Westcott   Graphic Design
Traditional   Composer
William Chatterton Dix   Composer
John Henry Hopkins   Composer
Lewis Redner   Composer
James Pierpont   Composer

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