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Tributes, Portraits and Other Stories
     

Tributes, Portraits and Other Stories

by Louis Mazetier
 
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

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/13/2008
Label:
Arbors Records
UPC:
0780941136128
catalogNumber:
19361

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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
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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