Jazzin' Baby Blues: Hot Piano Roll Solos

Jazzin' Baby Blues: Hot Piano Roll Solos


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Jazzin' Baby Blues: Hot Piano Roll Solos

The historical progression of mechanically reproduced musical performance essentially began with the piano roll. Of course, most important piano roll music was cut before the advent of the phonograph. By the time the rolls in this collection were cut (mostly in the early '20s), the format had been eclipsed. Apparently not completely, however, as this album demonstrates. One advantage of the piano roll is that it wasn't subject to the primitive recording equipment of the day; listen to a roll cut by James P. Johnson in 1922 on 21st century equipment and you can hear pretty much exactly what he sounded like. This record presents renditions of performances by such formidable musicians as Fats Waller and James P. Johnson, along with several other pianists. And instead of trying to listen through the scratches and distortions of an old 78 rpm acetate, listeners can hear them in all their digitally reproduced glory. It's quite a treat. Even though the sound is immaculate, the honky tonk quotient is high. In compiling this set, the producers chose tunes that conformed to the "boy-meets-girl" scenario. Consequently, there are plenty of oh-baby-why-do-you-treat-me-so-bad potboilers. Listeners hear Waller and Johnson with new ears, and better understand just what made them so great; there is also a chance to hear less-famous talents like the hard-swinging Clarence Jones and the smooth and articulate Edythe Baker. It's an excellent collection and a wonderful way to experience proto-jazz in something very near to its original form.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/19/1993
Label: Biograph
UPC: 0092631170023
catalogNumber: 117

Album Credits

Performance Credits

James P. Johnson   Piano,Track Performer
Fats Waller   Piano,Track Performer
Clarence Jones   Piano,Track Performer
Mike Montgomery   Piano,Track Performer
Edythe Baker   Piano,Track Performer
Vee Lawnhurst   Piano,Track Performer
Mandy Randolph   Piano,Track Performer

Technical Credits

James P. Johnson   Piano Rolls
Richard M. Jones   Composer
Arnold S. Caplin   Producer
Clarence Jones   Piano Rolls
Mike Montgomery   Liner Notes,Piano Rolls
Toby Mountain   Engineer
Clarence Williams   Composer
Edythe Baker   Piano Rolls
Alan Caplin   Art Direction
Vee Lawnhurst   Piano Rolls
Harry Woods   Composer
Mandy Randolph   Piano Rolls
Joe Burke   Composer
G. Doro   Composer
T. Grice   Composer

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Jazzin' Baby Blues: Hot Piano Roll Solos 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely fabulous representative of the music and style of the era. Makes you tap your foot and want to dance. Bought one for my mother (b. 1917) for Christmas.