Classic Jazz Piano

Classic Jazz Piano


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While horn players often get most the glory, jazz pianists include in their ranks some of the music's most important figures: From Fats Waller and Art Tatum to Bud Powell and Bill Evans, the jazz keyboard community has forged some of the most interesting and enjoyable jazz advances since the '20s. Bluebird pays tribute here with a generous selection featuring most of the top names. Amidst some fine ragtime, blues, stride, and boogie woogie, the likes of Jelly Roll Morton, Willie "the Lion" Smith, and Meade Lux Lewis all contribute top-notch work. And not to forget some of the innovators and indelible stylists of the period, there are equally fine cuts from Earl Hines, Teddy Wilson, Ellington, and Basie. Such swing-to-bop adherents as Mary Lou Williams and Errol Garner are also featured, as are bop innovators and followers like Bud Powell, Oscar Peterson, and Lennie Tristano. The tracks certainly don't always represent the cream of each performer's catalog -- a pan-label collection is needed for that -- but the music will still provide a more-than-adequate launching pad for any jazz-piano newcomer.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/1990
Label: Rca
UPC: 0078635675429
catalogNumber: 6754


  1. Mr. Jelly Lord
  2. Glad Rag Doll
  3. State Street Special
  4. Honky Tonk Train Blues
  5. Thou Swell
  6. Romping
  7. Smashing Thirds
  8. Contrary Motion
  9. Out of Nowhere
  10. Where or When
  11. Daybreak Serenade
  12. Rosetta
  13. Honeysuckle Rose
  14. Solitude
  15. Tonk
  16. Shine on Harvest Moon
  17. All God's Chillun Got Rhythm
  18. Erroll's Bounce
  19. Poor Butterfly
  20. I Don't Stand a Ghost of a Chance with You
  21. Shaw 'nuff
  22. Concerto for Billy the Kid

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jimmy Yancey   Track Performer
Count Basie   Track Performer
Casey   Guitar
Johnny Dodds   Clarinet
Bill Evans   Track Performer
Art Farmer   Trumpet
Erroll Garner   Track Performer
Benny Goodman   Clarinet
Freddie Green   Guitar
Earl Hines   Track Performer
James P. Johnson   Track Performer
Jo Jones   Drums
John Kirby   Bass
Gene Krupa   Drums
Jelly Roll Morton   Track Performer
Oscar Peterson   Track Performer
Bud Powell   Track Performer
Willie Smith   Track Performer
Art Tatum   Track Performer
Art Taylor   Drums
Lennie Tristano   Track Performer
Fats Waller   Organ,Track Performer
Teddy Wilson   Track Performer
Jabbo Smith   Cornet
Pete Brown   Alto Saxophone
Cozy Cole   Drums
Hal McKusick   Alto Saxophone
Frankie Newton   Trumpet
Mary Lou Williams   Track Performer
Walter Page   Bass
George Duvivier   Bass
Baby Dodds   Drums
Garvin Bushell   Reeds
Duke Ellington   Piano,Track Performer
Barry Galbraith   Guitar
George Russell   Leader
Milt Hinton   Bass
Clarence Jones   Drums
Meade "Lux" Lewis   Track Performer
Mezz Mezzrow   Clarinet
Paul Motian   Drums
June Rotenburg   Bass
Willie "The Lion" Smith   Track Performer
Jess Stacy   Track Performer
Billy Strayhorn   Piano,Track Performer
Austin Roberts   Bass

Technical Credits

Gil Fuller   Composer
Dizzy Gillespie   Composer
Jelly Roll Morton   Composer
Ray Brown   Composer
Orrin Keepnews   Liner Notes,Reissue Producer
Willie "The Lion" Smith   Composer
Walter Melrose   Composer

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