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Various - The Jazz Piano (MCD-1012)Mosaic Singles
"While Duke, Earl and Mary Lou are masters of “stride” piano, the dean of “stride” pianists is, without a doubt, Willie “The Lion” Smith... Charles Mingus commented, after hearing Willie demonstrate the finer aspects of “stride” piano, “Most guys need a whole band to swing like that.” - Billy Taylor, liner notes
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The "Various Artists" on this album read like the history of jazz piano: Willie "The Lion" Smith, Earl Hines, Duke Ellington, Mary Lou Williams, Billy Taylor and Charles Bell. The occasion was a piano workshop on a Sunday afternoon at the Pittsburgh Jazz Festival in 1965, obviously a time when giants still walked the earth.
The original album contains only ten tunes. This CD reissue contains all 19 performances, newly remixed from the original three-track masters, adding new material from Smith, Williams, Taylor and Bell. The concert is now presented in the order in which it was performed.
Each pianist performs solo or with bassist Larry Gales and drummer Ben Riley. Earl Hines duets with Ellington on an improvised blues and with Taylor on "Sweet Lorraine." The concert closes with a blow-out version of "Rosetta" with Hines, Smith, Williams, Taylor and George Wein sharing two pianos. A one-of-a-kind event.
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