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 2:45 615
2 Aunt Hagar's Blues 2:29 321
3 Sweet Lorraine 2:44 434
4 Jersey Sweet 2:30 302
5 Yamekraw - A Negro Rhapsody 11:59 214
6 Daintiness Rag 2:06 471
7 The Dream 2:08 482
8 The Dream (alternate) 2:26 205
9 Blue Moods 4:22 200
10 Keep Movin' 2:31 219
11 Woman Blues 3:50 200
12 Jazzamine Concerto 6:30 258
13 St. Louis Blues 4:02 410
14 Jungle Drums 2:34 352
15 Blue Moods, Sex 4:41 390
16 Euphonic Sounds 2:49 213
17 Twilight Rag 2:16 1,147
18 Snowy Morning Blues 2:43 6,481
19 Snowy Morning Blues (alternate) 3:00 132
20 Blues for Jimmy 2:53 271

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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