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PIANO JAZZ

The History

Le Chant du Monde 574 1231.40 10CD’s

Full track listing at the foot of the review

 

 

The first record is a fascinating mixture of piano rolls and early recordings made in the period 1906 to 1925 and it says a lot for the skills of the Jean Schwarz, who was responsible for the re-mastering that the sound quality is so good. Ragtime is king of this particular era and the music is synonymous with the name Scott Joplin, but the blues and songs and ballads are also represented. James P Johnson, Fats Waller and Jelly Roll Morton represent the leaders in that field. Scott Joplin was by far the most accomplished of the ragtime pianists, he shows his sophistication with a faultless technique, perfect timing and European performance skills, Maple Leaf Rag is an excellent example. Fats Waller leads the pack as far as the blues is concerned and adds something of the essential jazz ingredient ‘swing’ as well. There is a Jelly Roll Morton classic on The Pearls, but what is surprising in these early jazz recordings is that most of the pianists are already very accomplished players even though the genre was just beginning.

CD2

Jazz is essentially an improvised music and so piano rolls only give a snap shot of an artist’s performance on one occasion. CD2 has less piano rolls and more of the real thing; it is also a lot more about the blues than CD1. Boogie Woogie and Stride Piano developed from the basic blues form and this record documents that progress with Cow Cow Davenport who gravitated to boogie and Fats Waller whom moved to stride leading the charge. Earl Hines also pushed the development of the music with his own unique skills. During the period of the tracks on this recording, (1926 to 1929) significant developments took place and this record takes us along an enlightening path to the way the jazz piano developed. Duke Ellington’s piano skills are often overlooked because of his enormous talents as a bandleader, composer and arranger, they should not be, he was also a very original pianist. In track 10 Cow Cow Davenport takes us into the world of Boogie Woogie, Pine Top Smith takes up the genre and adds a vocal for good measure on Pine Top’s Blues.

CD3

This set of recordings, (1930 to 1936), consolidates the advances made in the proceeding years, but adds a new level of sophistication and technique. James P Johnson really swings on the opening track and with piano giants such as Art Tatum, Duke Ellington, Mary Lou Williams, Fats Waller, Teddy Wilson and Jess Stacey waiting in the wings, jazz piano was now well on the way to being the complete article. Having said that however there was much more to come. The Duke gives a very sophisticated solo piano performance on Lots O’ Fingers, with the band joining in a t the end. Tiger Rag is given a stunning treatment by Art Tatum, it is worth listening to this record for that track alone! Alligator Crawl is a Fats Waller classic and his three performances here are all excellent examples of his unique style. Similarly the immaculate Teddy Wilson is very much at home giving a classic performance of Liza. Meade Lux Lewis reminds us that Boogie Woogie is still alive and well on Mr. Freddie Blues.

 

CD4

By the time we reach the period 1937 to 1939, the music has gone in many directions, the Boogie Woogie Men are still moving their music forward as are the Stride players, but everything is much more sophisticated than previously. Th fabulous Nat Cole Trio introduce their lovely light swinging style. Pianists like Cow Cow Davenport are now playing a mixture of Boogie and stride. Rufus Perryman sounds like an early version of Little Richard!

Teddy Wilson is as immaculate as ever on Where or When; the version includes Goodman and Krupa. Somehow with Wilson you don’t miss the bass player in the way you would with any other pianist. Willie "the Lion" Smith is a much better pianist than I ever gave him credit for in the past as is Jess Stacey. It is however the Duke that steals the show, what an innovator he was. Billy Kyle has a fine track with Between Sets, his playing has a fine minimalism that is most acceptable, and it is easy to see why he was Louis Armstrong’s first choice for the All Stars. The Nat Cole track Rib Town Shuffle has to be mentioned, the trio did not need a drummer to swing, they were complete in themselves.

CD5

This disc opens with an absolute gem from Art Tatum, Over the Rainbow was an ideal vehicle to show off his amazing virtuosity. (Did it speed up at the end so they could get it all on the record!). Art Hodes, who for many years ran a Dixieland band, demonstrates boogie this time. Mary Lou delivers Margie in the stride style, something unusual for her. When Lionel Hampton was around everything started to swing and I’ve Found a New Baby is no exception, he played the piano with two fingers as though it was a vibraphone!

We are now in 1939 and the 23 tracks on this record were made between 39 and 41.

Earl Hines is heard both as a solo artist and with his big band on Boogie Woogie On St Louis Blues, he had an enormous influence on many who followed. Joe Bushkin plays a delightful version of I Can’t Get Started and Art Tatum demonstrates his genius once again on Earl Hines’ Rosetta. Later we get the Teddy Wilson trio version of the same tune; both are well worth listening to.

CD6

The next period 1941 to 1945 was one of enormous development for jazz, unfortunately much of it is not well documented because of some long strike periods when the musicians’ unions banned recording in a dispute about the ownership of the rights to the recorded performance. Some recordings were made but few in 1942/43. The classic Fats Waller version of his own Honeysuckle Rose is here however as is the Duke with Solitude. Three new names that appear on this record Mel Powell, Bud Powell and Art Tatum were all innovators who helped to shape the future course of our great music. I was not expecting West End Blues from Bud Powell but he performs the Joe Oliver classic with Cootie Williams! James P delivers an immaculate Carolina shout with Eddie Dougherty on drums. Overture to Dawn does not give much of a clue as to how Errol Garner would develop but Billy Taylor leads a very musical trio on Mad Monk and the last three tracks are all very enjoyable, two from Mel Powell and one from the Duke.

CD7

By 1945 the performances were very polished, this was another period of rapid development. The Ellington Strayhorn collaboration was in full swing, Lennie Tristano was making it necessary for everyone to reconsider their performances, Bud Powell was in full flight and our own George Shearing was an important figure in jazz. The Traddies had got off the development cycle and become more inward looking as had the Boogie Woogie players. Errol Garner was now a fully established jazz star. Mary Lou Williams is heard to good effect here on All God’s Chillun’, although the rhythm section plods somewhat. There is a nice version of Tunisia from Lennie Tristano with some good support from Billy Bauer on guitar and Clyde Lombardi on bass. George Shearing's version of Have You Met Miss Jones has Gene Ramey on bass and Denzil Levy on drums. Bill Basie sounds like the Count we know and love on Shine On Harvest Moon; a perfect example of how less can be more!

CD8

This record covers the period 1947 to 1949 and the new giants of Piano Jazz were in full control of the development of jazz on their chosen instrument. The first few tracks feature Erroll Garner by now the complete article, Sir Charles Thomson who has a style somewhat akin to Basie (He even has Freddie Green on Guitar!), Lennie Tristano who continued to follow and expand his own unique style. On tracks 6 & 7 we get the first appearance of a man who was to influence jazz right up to today, Thelonious Monk. Monk threw the rulebook away and invented a rule free style of his own, I find some of his work difficult to understand, but as a composer he created a repertoire of music which is synonymous with jazz. As I would have expected the Duke is featured, this time playing another great jazz composition, Mood Indigo. Dodo Marmarosa is less well known than many of his contemporaries, but the excellent Bopmatism track reveals him to be one of the genre greats.

Track 10 is where we first hear from the man who is probably the greatest of all the jazz pianists Oscar Peterson. Oscar has everything, a technique way ahead of his contemporaries, an inexhaustible supply of ideas and an ability to provide the perfect accompaniment to any other artist. George Shearing another fine accompanist is heard to great effect on Bop’s Your Uncle.

There are also a couple of fine examples of vocalese on tracks 12 & 13 from another fine pianist Al Haig; Al played with Charlie Parker, Stan Getz and many others. Haig’n Haig is a very thinly disguised In A Little Spanish Time, even though Haig gets the composer credit! The vocals are very reminiscent of Jackie Caine and Roy Krall with the Charlie Ventura band.

Bud Powell is featured on three tracks with Ray Brown and Max Roach, a line up like that just has to be listened to! Art Tatum has three contributions, each of which is enough to convince the listener that he is hearing the work of a musical genius.

Track 22 is Errol Garner, but the tune is What Is This Thing Called Love and not I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart as the sleeve note says!

CD9

The majority of tracks on this disc are of trios led by pianists, Bud Powell is first up with Curly Russell - bass and Max Roach – drums, but as the bass and drums are under recorded, at first hearing it sounds like a piano solo.

Once again we are now hearing the giants of the jazz piano in their fully developed form Al Haig, Oscar Peterson, Earl Hines, The Duke with Strayhorn, but we also have tracks from Ralph Sutton who remained true to his stride piano roots, but did it very well. Wynton Kelly, who was a Jamaican raised in New York, was a very talented pianist indeed, he played with Miles Davis on the Kind of Blue album and would always get my vote over the introverted Bill Evans he replaced. John Lewis was always the thinking man’s jazz pianist and the group heard here later became the famous MJQ. Hampton Hawes claimed that his main influence was Charlie Parker and that is evident in this playing on tracks 16 and 17. Ahmad Jamal was always said to be Miles Davis’s favourite pianist and he certainly performs well on this 1951 recording of Surrey with the Fringe. Dave Brubeck makes his first appearance on track 19 with the lyrical Paul Desmond on Alto, Dave seems subdued on this track, but the style is still typical Brubeck.

CD10

The last disc is devoted to 1952, presumably the last year that lack of copyright allowed such a compilation as this to be made. Herbie Nicholls is heard for the first time as are Bernard Peiffer and Horace Silver, but the compilation is mostly of pianists we have heard before. Peiffer has absorbed influences from all over the place, Tatum, Garner and Peterson are all there. Bee’s Knees is a fine example of Ralph Sutton’s playing, George Wettling is the drummer. Sound-Lee is a classic recording bringing together Tritano, Lee Konitz and Warne Marsh into a ground-breaking quartet. Nat Cole is his polished self on Somebody Loves Me. Horace Silvers first contribution is Thou Swell, which is given individual treatment. The remaining Silver tracks are all of high quality as are the quirky sounds of Thelonious Monk (Listen to the weird harmonies on the start of Sweet and Lovely!). the two Tatum tracks are an absolute delight, what a monster of the jazz piano he was. Hampton Hawes ends this colossal jazz compilation with Charlie Parker’s Blue Bird a s Parker was probably the greatest jazz influence in the 40’s and 50’s this is probably appropriate.

OVERVIEW

It takes many hours of listening to take in everything this 10 CD set has to offer, but I found it rewarding work. Surely every knowledgeable jazz listener could have chosen other tracks and for that matter other pianists, but with the records available to them, Andre Francis and Jean Schwartz have done a good job and provided a quality reference compilation for the serious jazz listener.

 

Don Mather

Listing

CD I

1 Frog Legs (J. Scott) James Scott piano roll 2’43 1906
2 A Real Slow Drag (S. Joplin) Scott Joplin piano roll 3’18 1913
3 American Beauty Rag (J. Lamb) Joseph Lamb 2’41 1914
4 Desecration Rag (F. Arndt) Felix Arndt 3’02 1914
5 Magnetic Rag (S. Joplin) Scott Joplin piano roll 3’22 1916
6 Maple Leaf Rag (S. Joplin) Scott Joplin piano roll 3’07 1916
7 Blooie Blooie (F. Baker) Edythe Baker piano roll 1'58 1919
8 Cryin’ Blues (H. C. Washington-M. Randolph) Mandy Randolph piano roll 2’56 1920
9 Home Again Blues (Berlin-Akst) Eubie Blake piano roll 2'37 1921
10 Harlem Strut (J P. Johnson) James P. Johnson piano roll 234 1921
11 Arkansas Blues (A. Lada-S. Williams) James P. Johnson piano roll 417 1921
12 Arkansas Blues (A. Lada-S. Williams) Eubie Blake piano roll 255 1921
13 Muscle Shoals Blues (G. Thomas) Fats Waller 21 3’13 1922
14 Hard Luck Blues (E. Robbins-J. F. Terry) Everett Robbins piano roll 4’22 1923
15 Chime Blues (F. Henderson) Fletcher Henderson 3’28 1923
16 Sugar Blues (C. Williams-Fletcher) Clarence Williams piano roll 3’13 1923
17 Snake Hips (Conrad) Fats Waller piano roll 2’25 1923
18 The Pearls (Morton) Jelly Rol lMorton 3’12 18 1923
19 Gulf Coast Blues (Cl. Johnson) Clarence Johnson piano roll 3'15 1923
20 The Fives (C. et H. Thomas) Hersal Thomas piano roll 4'34 1924
21 Chicago Stomps (J. Blythe) Jimmy Blythe 2’55 1924
22 Perfect Rag (Morton) Jelly Roll Morton 2'40 1924
23 My Own Blues (Cl. Williams) Clarence Williams 2’47 1924
24 I Wonder Where My Baby Is Tonight (Kahn-Donaldson) Frank Banta 2’35 1925

CD 75’24

CD 2

1 Fifth Street Blues (C. Davenport) Cow Cow Davenport piano roll 1'48 1926
2 Squeeze Me (T. Waller) Fats Waller piano roll 2’59 1926
3 Hock Shop Blues (C. Jackson) Cliff Jackson piano roll 357 1926
4 Dead Man Blues (J. R. Morton) Jelly Roll Morton 4’13 1926
5 Changes (W. Donaldson) Vee Lawnhurst piano roll 2'55 1927
6 Snowy Morning Blues (J. R Johnson) James P. Johnson 2’39 1927
7 Rifts (J. P. Johnson) James P. Johnson 308 25 1927
8 Mr. Jelly Lord (F. Morton) Jelly Roll Morton 2’48 1927
Jelly Roll Morton (p) Johnny Dodds (cl) Baby Dodds (dms)
9 Dew-Drop Alley (S. Underwood) Sugar Underwood 3’14 23 1927
10 Cow Cow Blues (C. Davenport) Cow Cow Davenport 3'05 1928
11 Gin Mill Blues (L. Fowler) Lemuel Fowler piano roll 3’25 1928
12 Swampy River (D. EllingtonI Duke Ellington 2'43 1928
13 Down And Out Blues (L. Fowler) Lemuel Fowler piano roll 4'25 1928
14 Blues In Thirds (E. Hines) Earl Hines 2'50 1928
15 A Monday Date (E. Hines) Earl Hines 3’09 1928
16 Fifty-Seven Varieties (E. Hines) Earl Hines 3’06 1928
17 Pine Top’s Blues (P. Smith) Clarence Pine Top Smith 2’45 1928
Clarence Pine Top Smith (p, voc)
18 Glad Rag Roll (Yellen-Dougherty-Ager) Earl Hines 2'56 1929
19 Numb Fumblin’ (T. Waller) Fats Waller 2'47 1929
20 Chime Blues (F. Henderson) Cow Cow Davenport 3’10 1929
21 Detroit Rocks (A. Taylor) Arthur Montana Taylor 3’16 1929
22 Smashings Thirds (F. Waller) Fats Waller 3'07 1929
23 Dearborn Street Breakdown (C. Avery) Charles Avery 3’12 1929
24 Thirty-One Blues (R. Call) Bob Call 2’36 1929
CD 75’48

CD 3

I You’ve Got To Be Modernistic (J. P. Johnson) James P Johnson 3’08 1930
2 Number 29 (W. Wallace) Wesley Wallace 3’12 1930
3 Night Life (M. L. Williams) Mary Lou Williams 2’55 1930
4 Memories Of You (A. Razaf-E. Blake) Garland Wilson 3’01 1932
5 Pratt City Blues (J. Williams) Jabo Williams 3’1 7 1932
6 Lots 0’ Fingers (D. Ellington) Duke Ellington 247 1932

Duke Ellington (p, dir); Freddy Jenkins, Arthur Whetsol (tp); Joe Nanton, Juan Tizol (tb) Johnny Hodges (as, ss, d); Harry Carney (bs, as, d); Barney Bigard (cl, ts); Fred Guy (bj); Wellmann Braud (b); Sonny Greer (dms)
7 Tiger Rag (N. LaRocca) Art Tatum 2'18 1933
8 Gin Mill Blues (L. Fowler) Joe Sullivan 3’09 1933
9 Little Rock Getaway(J. Sullivan) Joe Sullivan 2’55 1933
10 St. Louis Blues (W. C. Handy) Herman Chittison 3’21 1934
11 Alligator Crawl (T. Waller) Fats Waller 2’41 1934
12 African Ripples (T. Waller) Fats Waller 3’07 1934
13 Tea ForTwo (V.Youmans-l.Caesar) Fats Waller 3’02 1935
14 Texas Stomp (D. Rice) Dorothy Rice 3’24 1935
15 Liza (Gershwin-Kahn) Teddy Wilson 2’53 1935
16 In The Dark/ Flashes (B. Beiderbecke) Jess Stacy 3’11 1935
17 Barrelhouse (J. Stacy) Jess Stacy 2’59 1935
Jess Stacy (p); Israel Crosby (b); Gene Krupa (dms)
18 Cheek To Cheek (I. Berlin) Joe Turner 2’41 1936
19 Mr. Freddie Blues (J. H. Shayne) Meade Lux Lewis 2’58 1936
20 Farish Street Jive (E. Montgomery) Little Brother Montgomery 2’31 1936

CD 60’44

CD 4

1 Swing Session (D. Ellington) Duke Ellington 1'44 1937
2 Stardust (H. Carmichael-M. Parish) Fats Waller 3’08 1937
3 Keepin’ Out Of Mischief Now (T. Waller) Fats Waller 3’08 1937
4 Ain’t Misbehavin’ (T. Waller) Teddy Weatherford 2’1 5 1937
S Piano Stomp (Shine) (Dabney-Mack-Brown) Lionel Hampton 2'53 1937
Lionel Hampton (p); Jonah Jones (tp); Eddie Barefield (d); Clyde Hart (p); Bobby Bennett (g); Mack Walker (b);Cozy Cole (dms)

6 Where Or When (Rodgers-Hart) Teddy Wilson 3'21 1937
Teddy Wilson (p); Benny Goodman (cl); Gene Krupa (dms)
7 Morning Air (W. Smith) Willie "The Lion" Smith 2’53 1938
Willie "The Lion" Smith (p); ONeil Spencer (dms)
8 Tiger Rag (N. LaRocca) Jelly Roil Morton 3'13 1938
9 Don’t Blame Me (McHugh-Fields) Nat King Cole 2’21 1938
Nat King Cole (p); Oscar Moore (g); Wesley Prince (b)
10 Boogie Woogie (Trad) Count Basie 3’02 1938
Count Basie (p); Freddie Green (g); Walter Page (b); Jo Jones (dms)
11 St. Louis Stomp (R. Perryman) Rufus "Speckled Red"Perryman 3'14 .1938
Rufus "Speckled Red" Perryman (p); Robert Lee McCoy (g); Willie Hatcher (Mand)
12 Boogie Woogie Prayer (Ammons-Johnson-Lewis) Albert Ammons -
Pete Johnson - Meade Lux Lewis 4’54 1938
13 Blue Boogie (C. Lofton) Cripple Clarence Lofton 2’50 1939
14 Suitcase Blues (H. Thomas) Albert Ammons 3’48 1939
15 Boogie Woogie Stomp (A. Ammons) Albert Ammons 3’34 1939
16 Echoes Of Spring (W. Smith) Willie "The Lion" Smith 2’42 1939
17 Candlelights (B. Beiderbecke) Jess Stacy 3'15 1939
8 Far Ago Blues (M. Lewis) Meade Lux Lewis 4’02 1939
19 Informal Blues (D. Ellington) Duke Ellington 2’41 1939
20 Lone Star Blues (P. Johnson) Pete Johnson 3'05 1939
21 The Fives (J. Yancey) Jimmy Yancey 3'03 1939
22 Between Sets (B. Kyle) Billy Kyle 2'30 1939
Billy Kyle (p); Dave Barbour (g); Marty Kaplan (b); O’Neil Spencer (dms)
23 Rib Town Shuffle (N. Cole) Nat King Cole 2'41 1939
Nat King Cole (p); Oscar Moore (g); Wesley Prince (b)
24 Blueberry Rhyme (J. P. Johnson) James P Johnson 3’22 1939
CD 75’13

CD 5

1 Over The Rainbow (H. Arlen-E. Y. Harburgl Art Tatum 3'47 1939
2 South Side Shuffle (A. Hodes) Art Hodes 2’58 1939
3 Margie (I. Berlin) Mary Lou Williams 2’25 1939
4 State Street Special. (J Yanceyl Jimmy Yancey 2’37 1939
5 I’ve Found A New Baby (Williams-Palmer) Lionel Hampton 2’50 1939
Lionel Hampton (p); Ziggy Elman (tp); Toots Mondello (cl,as); Ben Webster, Jerry Jerome (ts); Clyde Hart (p);
Al Casey (g); Artie Bernstein (b); Slick Jones (dms)
6 The Crave(J. R. Morton) Jeily Roll Morton 3’04 1939
7 I Didn’t Know What Time It Was (Rodgers-Hart) Clarence Profit 3'24 1940
8 Boogie Woogie On St. Louis Blues (W. C. Handy) Earl Hines 2’41 1940
Earl Hines (p); Milton Fletcher, Edward Sims, Walter Fuller (tp); George Dixon (tp, as, bs); Ed Burke,
John Ewing, Joe McLewis (tb); Omer Simeon, Leroy Harris (cl, as); Budd Johnson (as, ts); Robert Crowder (ts);
Claude Roberts (g); Quinn Wilson (b); Alvin Burrough (dms); Jimmy Mundy (arr)
9 Child Of A Discordered Brain (E. Hines) Earl Hines 2'35 1940
10 Organ Grinder Blues (Cl. Williams) Art Hodes 3'25 1940
11 Central Avenue Breakdown (L. Hampton) Lionel Hampton-Nat K. Cole 301 1940
Lionel Hampton, Nat King Cole (p); Oscar Moore (g); Wesley Prince (b); Al Spiedock (dms)
12 I Can’t Get Started With You (I. Gershwin-V. Duke) Joe Bushkin 2’58 1940
13 Rosetta (E. Hines) Art Tatum 2’48 1940
14 Rocco’s Boogie Woogie (M. Rocco) Maurice Rocco 2’41 1940
S Early Morning Blues (N. Cole) Nat King Cole 2’50 1940
Nat King Cole (p); Oscar Moore (g); Wesley Prince (b)
16 Anitra’s Dance (E. Grieg) Donald Lambert 2’38 1941
17 Windy City Boogie (N. Cole) Nat King Cole 2’20 1941
Nat King Cole (p); Oscar Moore (g); Wesley Prince (b)
18 Andy’s Blues (J. Sullivan) Joe Sulivan 2'59 1941
19 My Melancholy Baby (E. Burnett) Earl Hines 2’28 1941
20 On The Sunny Side Of The Street (McHugh-FieldsI Earl Hines 2’38 1941
21 Rosetta (E. Hines) Teddy Wilson 2’47 1941
Teddy Wilson (p); Al Hall (b); J.C.Heard (dms)
22 Body AndSoul (Green-Heyman-Sour) Teddy Wilson 3’13 1941
23 Hold’em Hootie (J. McShann)Jay McShann 2'38 1941
Jay McShann (p); Gene Ramey (b); Gus Johnson (dms)
CD 67’15

CD 6

1 Death Ray Boogie (R Johnson-D. Dexter) Pete Johnson 2'58 1941
Pete Johnson (p); Al Hall (b); A. G. Goodley (dms)
2 Basement Boogie (P. Johnson) Pete Johnson 2'54 1941
Pete Johnson (p); Al Hall (b); A. G. Goodley (dms)
3 Honeysuckle Rose (Waller-Raza)Fats Waller 3'21 1941
4 Georgia On My Mind (H. Carmichael-S. Gorrell) Fats Waller 2'57 1941
5 Solitude (D. Ellington-De Lange-I. Mills) Duke Eiington 3’27 1941
6 Sixth Avenue Express (Ammon-Johnsonl A. Ammons - P Johnson 2’41 1941
Albert Ammons, Pete Johnson (p)
7 The Man I Love (G. I. Gershwin) Herman Chittison 3'17 1941
8 Flamingo (T. Grouya-E. Anderson) Herman Chittison 3'20 17 1941
9 When A Woman Loves A Man (Jenkins-Hanighen-Mercer)M. Powell 2’42 1943
10 IGot Rhythm (G. I. Gershwin) Art Tatum 2’15 1944
Art Tatum (p); Tiny Grimes (g); Slam Stewart (b)
11 Zonky (Waller-Raza)Nat Jaffe 2’27 1944
Nat Jaffe (p); Sid Jacobs (b)
12 Begin The Beguine (C. Porter) Eddie Heywood Orchestra 5'02 1944
Eddie Heywood Jr. (p, dir); Doc Cheatam (tp); Vic Dickenson Itb); Lem Davis (as); Al Lucas (b); Jack Parker (dms)
13 Lulu’s Mood (Fred C. Washington) Freddie Washington 2'36 1944
Zutty’s Trio, Barney Bigard (d); Freddie Washington (p); Zutty Singleton (dms)
14 Cecil Boogie (C. Gant) Cecil Gant 2’18 1944
15 West End Blues (J. Oliver) Bud Poweil 2’4h 1944
Bud Powell (p); Cootie Williams (tp)
16 Carolina Shout (J. P. Johnson) James P Johnson 2'34 1944
James P. Johnson (p); Eddie Dougherty (dms)
17 Overture To Dawn (E. Garner) Erroil Garner 8'42 1944
18 Boogie Woogie Boogie (E. Garner) Erroll Garner 3'17 1944
Erroll Garner (p); John Simmons (h); Harold "Doc" West (dms)
19 Mad Monk (B. Taylor) Billy Taylor 2'36 1945
Billy Taylor (p); Al Hall (b); Jimmy Crawford (dms)
20 For Miss Black (M. Powell) Mel Powell 2’18 1945
21 Hommage A Fats Waller (M. Powell) Mel Powell 2'30 1945
22 Frankie And Johnny (Trad.) Duke Ellington 2'37 1945
Duke Ellington (p); Junior Raglin (b); Sonny Greer (dms)

CD 70’59

CD 7

1 Dancers In Love (D. EllingtonI Duke Ellinglon 2'19 1945
Duke Ellington (p); Junior Raglin (b)
2 Boogin’ With Big Sid (S. Price) Sammy Price 3’06 1945
Sammy Price (p); Sidney Catlett (dms)
3 Lover (Rodgers-Hart) Art Tatum V disc 4’00 1945/1946
4 Buddy Bolden’s Blues (Trad) Don Ewell 3’O8 1946
Baby Dodd’s Trio, Albert Nicholas (cl); Don Ewell (p); Baby Dodds (dms)
5 Drawing Room Blues (B. Strayhorn) Eiington.Strayhorn 3’37 1946
Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn (p)
6 What Is This Thing Called Love (C. Porter) Lennie Tristano 2’42 1946
7 Railroad Blues (L. Roberts) Luckey Roberts 2’33 1946
B Memories Of You (E. Blake) Erroll Garner 303 1946
Erroll Garner (p); Red Callender (b); Lou Singer (dms)
9 Sweet Lorraine (C. Burwell-M. Parish) Kenny Kersey 2’54 1946
Kenny Kersey (p); Jack Foster (g); Billy Taylor (b)
10 All God’s Chillun’ Got Rhythm (Kahe-Kaper-Jurmann) M. L. Williams 2’42 1946
Mary Lou Williams (p); June Rosenberg (b); Bridget Flynn (dms)
11 A Night In Tunisia (D. Gillespie-F. Paparellil Lennie Tristano 3’05 1946
Lennie Tristano (p); Billy Bauer (g); Clyde Lombardi (b)
12 I Can’t Get Started With You (I. Gershwin-V. Duke) Lennie Tristano 2'541946
Lennie Tristano (p); Billy Bauer (g); Clyde Lombardi (b)
13 There Was Nobody Looking (D. Ellington)Duke Eiington V disc 3’00 1946
14 Exactly Like You (McHugh-Fields) Johnny Guarnieri 2’55 1947
15 Crazy Rhythm (Caesar-Meyer-Kahn) Nat King Cole 1 ‘41 1947
Nat King Cole (p); Oscar Moore (g); Johnny Miller (b)
16 I Should Care (Cahn-Stordahl-Weston) Bud Powell 2’58 1947
Bud Powell (p); Curly Russell (b); Max Roach (dms)
17 Bud’s Bubble (B. Powell) Bud Powell 2’33 1947
Bud Powell (p); Curly Russell (b); Max Roach (dms)
8 Out Of Nowhere (Green-Heyman) Art Tatum 2’49 1947
9 Have You Met Miss Jones (Rodgers-Hart) George Shearing 2’53 1947
George Shearing (p); Gene Ramey (b); Deezil Levy (dms)
20 Erroll’s Bounce (F. Garner) Erroll Garner 2’57 1947
21 Shine On, Harvest Moon (Norworth-Bayes) Count Basie 2’21 1947
Count Basin (p); Freddie Green (g); Walter Page (b); Jo Jones (dms)
22 Blue Boy (L. Tristano) Lennie Tristano 2’48 1947
Lennie Tristano (p); Billy Baser (g); Bob Leininger (b)

CD 64’16

CD 8

1 Play Piano Play (E.Garner) Erroll Garner 3’15 1947
2 Loose Nut (F. Garner) Erroll Garner 2’54 1947
3 Parlor Social (D. Ewell) Don Ewell 250 1947
4 Rhythm Itch (C. Thompson) Sir Charles Thompson 2'51 1947
Sir Charles Thompson (p); Freddie Green (g); John Simmons (b); Shadow Wilson (dms)
5 I Don’t Stand A Ghost Of A Chance With You (Young-Crosby-Washington) Lennie Tristano
2’52 1947
6 Ruby My Dear (Gershwin) Thelonious Monk 3’06 1947
Thelonious Monk (p); Gene Ramey (b); Art Blakey (dms)
7 0ff Minor (T. Monk) Thelonious Monk 2’59 1947
Thelonious Monk (p); Gene Ramey (b); Art Blakey (dms)
8 Mood Indigo (Ellington-Mills-Bigard) Duke Ellington 2’02 1947
9 Bopmatism (D. Marmarosa) Dodo Marmarosa 2’55 1947
Dodo Marmarosa (p); Harry Babasin (cell)l; Jackie Mills (dms)
10 Poor Butterfly (Golden-Hubbell) Oscar Peterson 2’39 1947
Oscar Peterson (p); Austin Roberts (h); Clarence Jones (dms)
11 Bop’s Your Uncle (G. Shearing) George Shearing 2’39 1947
George Shearing (p); Curly Russell (b); Denzil Best (dms)
12Haig’n Haig (A. Haig) Al Haig Quartet 2’36 1948
Al Haig (p); Jimmy Raney (g, voc); Don Russo (b); Charlie Perry (dms); Terry Swope (voc)
13 Bopelbaby (A. Haig) Al Haig Quartet 2’39 1948
Al Haig (p); Jimmy Raney (g, voc); Don Russo (b); Charlie Perry (dms); Terry Swope (voc)
14 Judy (L. Tristano) Lennie Tristano 2'54 1949
Lennie Tristano (p); Lee Konitz (as); Billy Bauer (g); Arnold Fishkin (b)
15 Cherokee (R. Noble) Bud Powell (p); Ray Brown (b); Max Roach (dms) 3'37 1949
16 Strictly Confidential (B.Powell) Bud Powell (p); R. Brown (b); M. Roach (dms) 3'07 1949
17 All God’s Chillun Got Rhythm (Jurmann-Kaper-Kahn) Bub Powell 2’59 1949
Bud Powell (p); Ray Brown (b); Max Roach (dms)
18 Sweet Georgia Brown (Bernie-Pinkard-Casey) Oscar Peterson 3'00 1949
Oscar Peterson (p); Austin Roberts (h); Clarence Jones (dms)
19 Moonglow (Delange-Hudnon) Erroll Garner 2'35 1949
Erroll Garner (p); John Simmons (b); Alvin Stoller (dms)
20 Somebody Loves Me (Gershwin-McDonald-DeSylva)Art Tatum 2’44 1949
21 Sweet Lorraine (Burwell-Parish) Art Tatum 2’36 1949
22 I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart (Ellington-Mills-Nemo) E. Garner 2'58 1949
Erroll Garner (p); Leonard Gaskin (h); Charlie Smith (dms)
23 Dancing In The Dark (Schwartz-Dietz) Art Tatum 2'54 1949
CD 67’1O

CD9

1 April In Paris (V. Duke-Harbach) Bud Powell 3'08 1950
Bud Powell (p); Curly Russell (b); Max Roach (dms)
2 Opus Cap rice (A. Haig) Al Haig 2’19 1950
Al Haig (p); Tommy Potter (b); Roy Haynes (dms)
3 Stars Fell On Alabama (Parish-Perkins) Al Haig 3'32 1950
Al Haig (p); Tommy Potter (b); Roy Haynes (dms)
4 Oscar’s Blues (0. Peterson) Oscar Peterson 3'10 1950
Oscar Peterson (p); Ray Brown (b)
5 Sweet Lorraine (Burwell-Parish) Ralph Sutton 2'33 1950
Ralph Sutton (p); Arthur Trappier (dms)
6 Rosetta (E. Hines) Earl Hines 3’51 1950
Earl Hines (p); Al McKibbon (b); J.C.Heard (dms)
7 Carnegie Blues (D. Ellington) Oscar Peterson (p); Ray Brown (h) 8’1O 1950
8 Cottontail (D. Ellington) Duke Eiington -
Billy Strayhorn 2'51 1950
Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn (p); Wendell Marshall (b)
9 The Clam Blues (D. Ellington) Duke Ellington
- Billy Strayhorn 2’54 1950
Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn (p); Wendell Marshall (b)
10 Hallucinations (B. Powell) Bud Powell 2'25 1951
11 Over The Rainbow (Harburg-Arlen)Bud Powell 2’56 1951
12 Ask Me Now (T. Monk) Thelonious Monk 3’13 1951
Thelonious Monk (p); Al McKibbon (b); Art Blakey (dms)
13 There Will Never Be Another You (Warren-Gordon) Wynton Kelly 2’58 1951
Wynton Kelly (p); Fred Skeete (b); Lee Abrams (dms)
14 D And E (J. Lewis) John Lewis 2’56 1951
John Lewis (1); Milt Jackson (vib); Ray Brown (b); Kenny Clarke (dms)
15 Bluesology (M. Jackson) John Lewis 2’47 1951
John Lewis (p); Milt Jackson (vib); Percy Heath (b); Al Jones (dms)
16 Bud’s Blues (S. Stitt) Hampton Hawes 6’37 1951
Hampton Hawes (p); Harper Cosby(b); Lawrence Marable
(dms)
17 Another Hair Do (C. Parker) Hampton Hawes 4'14 1951

Hampton Hawes (p); Harper Cosby (b); Lawrence Marable (dms)
18 The Surrey With The Fringe On Top (ammerstein ll -Rodgers) Ahmad Jamal 2'48 1951
Ahmad Jamal (p); Ray Cramford (g); Eddie Calhoun (b)

19 At A Perfume Counter (J. Burke-E. Leslie) Dave Brubeck 2’51 1951
Dave Brubeck (p); Paul Desmond (as); Wyatt Reuther (b); Herb Barman (dms)
20 I Didn’t Know What Time It Was (Rodgers-Hart) George Wallinglon 2’17 1951
George Wallington (p); Curly Russell (b); Max Roach (dms)
69’48

CD 10

1 You Go To My Head (J. F. Coots-H. Gillespie) Oscar Peterson 3'53 1952
Oscar Peterson (p); Irving Ashby (g); Ray Brown (b)
2 Nichols And Dimes (H. Nichols) Herbie Nichols 2’32 1952
Herbie Nichols (p); Danny Barker (g); Shadow Wilson (dms)
3 Jalousie (V. Bloom-J. Gade) Bernard Peiffer 2’54 1952
4 Don’t Blame Me (McHugh-Fields) Bernard Peiffer 241 1952
Bernard Peiffer (p); Joe Benjamin (h); Bill Clark (dms)
5 Aki And Ukthay (A. Jamal) Ahmad Jamal 3'04 1952
Abmad Jamal (p); Ray Cramford (g); Eddie Calhoun (b)
6 Ahmad’s Blues (A. Jamal) Abmad Jamal 2’52 1952
Abmad Jamal (p); Ray Cramford (g); Eddie Calhoun (b)
7 Bee’s Knees (T. Lewis-R. Lopez) Ralph Sutton 3’02 1952
Ralph Sutton (p); George Wettling (dms)
8 Sound-Lee (L. Konitz) Lennie Tristano 7’33 1952
Lennie Tristano (p); Lee Konitz (as); Warne Marsh (ts); Peter Ind (b); Al Levitt (dms)
9 Somebody Loves Me (Gershwin-DeSylva-McDonald) Nat King Cole 3’02 1952

Nat King Cole (p); John Collins (g); Charlie Harris (b); Bunny Shawker (dms); Jack Costanzo (bgo)
10 Taking A Chance On Love (V. Duke-Latouche-Fetter) Al Haig 2’12 1952
Al Haig (p); Harry Babasin (b); Larry Bunker (dms)
11 Thou Swell (Rodgers-Hart) Horace Silver 2’53 1952
Horace Silver (p); Gene Ramey (b); Art Blakey (dms)
12 Sweet And Lovely (Lemare-Arnheim-Tobias) Thelonious Monk 3’32 1952
Thelonious Monk (p); Gary Mapp (b); Max Roach (dms)
13 Quicksilver (H. Silver) Horace Silver 3’01 1952
Horace Silver (p); Curly Russell (b); Art Blakey (dms)
14 Yeah (H. Silver) Horace Silver 2’48 1952
Horace Silver (p); Curly Russell (b); Art Blakey (dms)
15 Reflections (T. Monk) Thelonious Monk 2'45 1952
Thelonious Monk (p); Gary Mapp (b); Max Roach (dms)
16 Trinkle Tinkle (T. Monk) Thelonious Monk 2'47 1952
Thelonious Monk (p); Gary Mapp (b); Max Roach (dms)
17 Indiana (Hanley-McDonald)Art Tatum 3’23 1952
Art Tatum (p); Everett Barkudale (g); Slam Stewart (b)
18 Just One Of Those Things (C. Porter) Art Tatum 3’16 1952
Art Tatum (p); Everett Barkudale (g); Slam Stewart (b)
19 Blue Bird (C. Parker) Ham pton Hawes 4’12 19S2
Hampton Hawes (p); Joe Mondragon (b); Shelly Manne (dms)
CD 63’38

 

 



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