Solo Piano 1969-1973 CD (2003)

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Label Allegro Corporation
SKU 60612946
UPC 091454010622
UPC 14 00091454010622
Format CD
Release Date 9/2/2003
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Author Don Ewell
Associated Artist/Work Archey, Jimmy
Associated Artist/Work Austin, Claire
Associated Artist/Work Lewis, George (Clarinet)
Associated Artist/Work Lewis, George (Trombone)
Associated Artist/Work Smith, Willie "The L. (Piano)
Associated Artist/Work Smith, Willie "The Lion"
Technical Info
Producer Hank O'Neal
CatalogID CRD 106/127
Lable Name Chiaroscuro
Released 09/02/2003
Original Release 2003
Number of Discs 2
SPARE Code n/a
Length 138m : 34s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00091454010622
Album Notes and Credits
SOLO PIANO contains 3 LPs on 2 CDs: JAZZ ON A SUNDAY AFTERNOON (1969)/A JAZZ PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST (1969)/TAKE IT IN STRIDE (1973).
Solo performer: Don Ewell (piano).
Includes liner notes by George Avakian, Bill Riddle and Hayden Carruth.
Don Ewell was never a huge name in the jazz world, but the small following that he enjoyed was an enthusiastic one -- and those who were hip to the late pianist really swore by him. Listening to Solo Piano 1969-1973, it isn't hard to understand why; this two-CD set paints a consistently attractive picture of Ewell's talents as a stride pianist. Born in 1916, Ewell was in his fifties when these unaccompanied solo piano recordings were made in the late '60s and early '70s -- and much to the delight of die-hard stride enthusiasts, Ewell never changed with the times. He was totally unaffected by bebop pianists like Bud Powell, Thelonious Monk, and Al Haig -- for that matter, Ewell favored a style that was even older than the swing pianism of Teddy Wilson, Nat King Cole, Count Basie, and Jess Stacy. Ewell was stride all the way; his roots were the '20s recordings of Jelly Roll Morton, James P. Johnson, Fats Waller, and Earl "Fatha" Hines, and he was great at what he did. All of those influences can be heard on this 2003 release, which contains three of Ewell's Chiaroscuro LPs in their entirety (Jazz on a Sunday Afternoon, A Jazz Portrait of the Artist, and Take It in Stride) as well as a previously unreleased performance of "I Found a New Baby" from 1967. The inclusion of that 1967 recording makes the title Solo Piano 1969-1973 inaccurate, but an inaccurate title certainly doesn't make Ewell's performances any less memorable -- performances that are stylistically right out of the '20s and are totally oblivious to what was going on in the late '60s/early '70s. This excellent reissue is happily recommended to anyone who is seriously interested in '20s-style stride piano. ~ Alex Henderson
Disc 1
1 Honey Babe,Spain
2 Caution Blues / My Monday Date / Rosetta,Snowy Morning Blues
3 Sweet Georgia Brown / Rose Of The Rio Grande,Nobody's Sweetheart
4 Love Will Last,Migrant Worker Blues
5 Honey Hush,Someday Sweetheart
6 Oh! Baby,Take It In Stride
7 Davenport Blues,Sweet Substitute
8 Deed I Do,Nice Work If You Can Get It
9 Save It Pretty Mama / I Want A Little Girl / Cherry,Indian Summer
10 CCNY Rioter Blues,Get Happy
11 I'm Coming Virginia,Dr. Heckle And Mr. Jibe
12 Buddy's Habits / Carolina Shout / Little Rock Getaway,Meat Rack Blues
13 Carless Love,Someday You'll Be Sorry
14 Lullaby In Rhythm,Thou Swell
15 Delmar Drag,100 Years From Today
16 Sunday,Keeping Out Of Mischief Now - (previously unreleased)
17 I'm Gonna Stomp Mr. Henry Lee,Blue Turning Grey Over You - (previously unreleased)
18 Found A New Baby - (previously unreleased)
Disc 2
1 Honey Babe,Spain
2 Caution Blues / My Monday Date / Rosetta,Snowy Morning Blues
3 Sweet Georgia Brown / Rose Of The Rio Grande,Nobody's Sweetheart
4 Love Will Last,Migrant Worker Blues
5 Honey Hush,Someday Sweetheart
6 Oh! Baby,Take It In Stride
7 Davenport Blues,Sweet Substitute
8 Deed I Do,Nice Work If You Can Get It
9 Save It Pretty Mama / I Want A Little Girl / Cherry,Indian Summer
10 CCNY Rioter Blues,Get Happy
11 I'm Coming Virginia,Dr. Heckle And Mr. Jibe
12 Buddy's Habits / Carolina Shout / Little Rock Getaway,Meat Rack Blues
13 Carless Love,Someday You'll Be Sorry
14 Lullaby In Rhythm,Thou Swell
15 Delmar Drag,100 Years From Today
16 Sunday,Keeping Out Of Mischief Now - (previously unreleased)
17 I'm Gonna Stomp Mr. Henry Lee,Blue Turning Grey Over You - (previously unreleased)
18 Found A New Baby - (previously unreleased)

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