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The Piano In Jazz: A Sample

02/01/10 9:00PM By George Thomas

From the 1951 Haitian piano stylings of Fabre Duroseau to the Father Of Stride Piano James P. Johnson, we cover the keys tonight, including the Latin jazz giant Arturo O' Farrill and the hip sounds of Dave Frishberg. From New Orleans come the keyboard sounds of David Torkanowsky, Champion Jack Dupree and Tom McDermott.



Jeannette (Meringue)
Artist Name: Fabre Duroseau
Composer: Antoine Duroseau
Soloists: Fabre Duroseau-Piano
CD/Album: Haitian Piano
Record co./Cat #: Folkways 6837
Release Year: 1951


Artist Name: Tom McDermott
Composer: Tom McDermott
Soloists: Tom McDermott-Piano ; Evan Christopher-Clarinet
CD/Album: New Orleans Duets
Record co./Cat #: Rabadash Records 032
Release Year: 2009
Note: New


Jersey Bounce
Artist Name: Gerry Mulligan
Composer: Feyne-Plater-Johnson-Wright-Bradshaw
Soloists: Gerry Mulligan-Baritone Sax ; Chet Baker-Trumpet ; Henry Grimes-Bass ; Dave Bailey-Drums
CD/Album: Mosaic Select: Gerry Mulligan
Record co./Cat #: Mosaic Select 021
Release Year: 1957


The Darkness Is My Closest Friend
Artist Name: Arturo O' Farrill
Composer: David Bixler
Soloists: Arturo O' Farrill-Piano ; Jim Seeley-Trumpet ; David Bixler-Alto Sax
CD/Album: Risa Negra
Record co./Cat #: Zoho Music 200910
Release Year: 2009
Note: New


In A Mellow Tone
Artist Name: Houston Person
Composer: Duke Ellington
Soloists: Houston Person-Tenor Sax ; John Di Martino-Piano
CD/Album: Mellow
Record co./Cat #: HighNote 7206
Release Year: 2009
Note: New


I Haven't Got Anything Better To Do
Artist Name: Jackie Ryan
Composer: Lee J. Pockriss, Paul Vance
Soloists: Jackie Ryan-Vocals ; Eric Alexander-Tenor Sax ; Cyrus Chestnut-Piano
CD/Album: Doozy
Record co./Cat #: OpenArt 07262
Release Year: 2009
Note: New


Artist Name: Don Braden-Mark Rapp
Composer: Billy Strayhorn & Duke Ellington
Soloists: Mark Rapp-Trumpet ; Don Braden-Tenor Sax ; Gerald Clayton-Piano
CD/Album: The Strayhorn Project
Record co./Cat #: Premium Music Solutions
Release Year: 2009
Note: New


Blues On Mack Avenue
Artist Name: Count Basie Orchestra
Composer: Dennis Wilson
Soloists: Jon Hendricks-Vocalese ; Dennis Wilson-Pixie Muted Trombone ; Jamie Cullum-Piano
CD/Album: Swinging, Singing, Playing
Record co./Cat #: Mack Avenue 1048
Release Year: 2009
Note: New


Weather Changes
Artist Name: Fred Fried And Core
Composer: Fred Fried
Soloists: Fred Fried-Eight String Guitar
CD/Album: Core 3.0
Record co./Cat #: Ballet Tree Jazz Productions 26381
Release Year: 2010
Note: New


I'm Hip
Artist Name: Dave Frishberg
Composer: Bob Dorough-Dave Frishberg
Soloists: Dave Frishberg-Piano, Vocals
CD/Album: Classics
Record co./Cat #: Concord Jazz 4462
Release Year: 1991


Slightly Hep
Artist Name: Lee Morgan
Composer: Benny Golson
Soloists: Lee Morgan-Trumpet ; Kenny Rodgers-Alto Sax ; Hank Mobley-Tenor Sax ; Horace Silver-Piano ; Paul Chambers-Bass ; Charlie Persip-Drums
CD/Album: The Complete Blue Note Lee Morgan Fifties Sessions
Record co./Cat #: Mosaic 4-162
Release Year: 1956


American Haikus
Artist Name: Jack Kerouac
Composer: Jack Kerouac
Soloists: Jack Kerouac-Voice ; Zoot Sims-Tenor Sax ; Al Cohn-Tenor Sax
CD/Album: Blues And Haikus
Record co./Cat #: Rhino 70939
Release Year: 1959


I Got Mine
Artist Name: Kermit Ruffins
Composer: J. Hill
Soloists: Kermit Ruffins-Trumpet, Vocals ; George Porter, Jr-Bass ; Herlin Riley-Drums
CD/Album: Livin' A Treme Life
Record co./Cat #: Basin Street Records 0107-2
Release Year: 2009
Note: New


I'm Havin' Fun
Artist Name: King Curtis & Champion Jack Dupree
Composer: Champion Jack Dupree/King Curtis
Soloists: King Curtis-Alto & Tenor Sax ; Champion Jack Dupree-Piano & Vocals
CD/Album: Blues At Montreux
Record co./Cat #: Atlantic 1637
Release Year: 1971


We're In The Money
Artist Name: Bernard Purdie, Reuben Wilson, Grant Green, Jr.
Composer: Bill Easley
CD/Album: The Godfathers Of Groove
Record co./Cat #: 18th & Vine 1061
Release Year: 2009
Note: New


Blues #3/Willow Weep For Me
Artist Name: Ray Bryant
Composer: Ray Bryant / Ann Ronnell
Soloists: Ray Bryant-Piano
CD/Album: Alone At Montreux
Record co./Cat #: Atlantic 1626
Release Year: 1972


The Mule Walk
Artist Name: James P. Johnson
Composer: James P. Johnson
Soloists: James P. Johnson-Piano
CD/Album: Jazz Piano
Record co./Cat #: The Smithsonian Collection Of Recordings 039
Release Year: 1939
Note: Birthday: James P. Johnson 2.1.1894


Echoes Of Spring
Artist Name: Willie "The Lion" Smith
Composer: Willie "The Lion" Smith
Soloists: Willie "The Lion" Smith-Piano
CD/Album: Jazz Piano
Record co./Cat #: The Smithsonian Collection Of Recordings 039
Release Year: 1957


Body And Soul
Artist Name: Dan Dean
Composer: Heyman, Green & Sour
Soloists: Dan Dean-Bass ; Kenny Werner-Piano
CD/Album: 2 5 1
Record co./Cat #: Origin Records 82552
Release Year: 2009
Note: New
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