The Original James P. Johnson 1942 - 1945 Piano Solos

Label
Smithsonian Folkways
Release date
24 Sep 1996
Running length
20 tracks
Running time
71:18

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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Liza 2:45 676
2 Aunt Hagar's Blues 2:29 354
3 Sweet Lorraine 2:44 476
4 Jersey Sweet 2:30 331
5 Yamekraw - A Negro Rhapsody 11:59 228
6 Daintiness Rag 2:06 518
7 The Dream 2:08 517
8 The Dream (alternate) 2:26 219
9 Blue Moods 4:22 221
10 Keep Movin' 2:31 241
11 Woman Blues 3:50 218
12 Jazzamine Concerto 6:30 280
13 St. Louis Blues 4:02 435
14 Jungle Drums 2:34 396
15 Blue Moods, Sex 4:41 412
16 Euphonic Sounds 2:49 230
17 Twilight Rag 2:16 1,206
18 Snowy Morning Blues 2:43 6,746
19 Snowy Morning Blues (alternate) 3:00 140
20 Blues for Jimmy 2:53 299

About this album

Seventy-four minutes of solo piano from the father of Harlem stride piano. Includes eight previously unreleased tracks, including Yamekraw and Jazzamine Concerto. 20 vibrant performances, including Joplin and Handy, a Gershwin hit, and Johnson’s own compositions—1917 Classic rags, a 1923 show tune, newly discovered blues improvisations, and three of his pioneering “third stream” symphonic works. 28-page booklet contains wonderful reproductions of the original LP covers, historical and biographical annotation on the period, the artist, and the songs. Reissued from Folkways 2850. “It was me, or maybe Fats, who say down to warm up the piano. After that, James took over. Then you got real invention-magic, sheer magic.” —Duke Ellington

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