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Harlem Stride Pianists

Geoffrey Smith surveys the great pianists of the Harlem Stride school.

Jazz piano doesn't come more exciting that the stride masters of Harlem. The likes of James P. Johnson, Fats Waller and Willie the Lion Smith set a standard for keyboard heroics that reached its peak in the breathtaking virtuosity of Art Tatum. Especially for Radio 3's piano season, Geoffrey Smith salutes the giants of stride.

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Sun 12 May 2019 00:00

Music Played

  • Jelly Roll Morton

    Original Rags

    Composer: Scott Joplin, arr Morton Performers: Jelly Roll Morton, p. 14th December 1939

    • The Great Jazz Pianists.
    • Past Perfect.
    • PPCD 78 107. Tr.15.
  • Earl Hines

    Fifty-Seven Varieties

    Composer: Hines Performers: Earl Hines, p. 12th December 1928

    • The Great Jazz Pianists.
    • Past Perfect.
    • PPCD 78 107, Tr. 2.
  • James P. Johnson

    You've Got to Be Modernistic

    Composer: Johnson Performers: James P. Johnson, p. 21st January 1930

    • The Great Jazz Pianists.
    • Past Perfect.
    • PPCD 78 107. Tr. 21.
  • James P. Johnson

    Bleeding Hearted Blues

    Composer: Austin Performers: James P. Johnson, p. 25th July 1923

    • James P. Johnson 1921 - 1928.
    • Classics.
    • Classics 658 (1); Tr.10;.
  • Willie “The Lion” Smith

    Passionette

    Composer: Smith Performers: Willie the Lion Smith, p; O’Neill Spencer, d. 1939

    • The Great Jazz Pianists.
    • Past Perfect.
    • PPCD 78 107. Tr.6.
  • George Gershwin

    Scandal Walk

    Composer: Gershwin & Jackson Performers: George Gershwin, p. August 1920

    • The Piano Rolls.
    • Elektra Nonesuch.
    • 7559-79287-2. Tr.11.
  • Fats Waller

    Carolina Shout

    Composer: James P. Johnson Performers: Fats Waller, p. 13th May 1941

    • The Great Jazz Pianists.
    • Past Perfect.
    • PPCD 78 107. Tr.1.
  • Art Tatum

    Tiger Rag

    Composer: LaRocca & Da Costa Performers: Art Tatum, p. 22nd February 1940

    • The Spirit of Ragtime.
    • ASV.
    • CDAJA 5256. Tr.19.
  • Donald Lambert

    Pilgrim's Chorus

    Composer: Wagner, arr. Lambert Performers: Donald Lambert, p. 30th January 1941

    • The Great Jazz Pianists.
    • Past Perfect.
    • PPCD 78 107. Tr.12.
  • Dick Hyman and Dick Wellstood

    Snowy Morning Blues

    Composer: James P. Johnson & Perry Bradford Performers: Dick Hyman, Dick Wellstood, p. 19th June 1986

    • Stridemonster!.
    • Sackville.
    • SKCD22064 (1); Tr. 9.
  • Count Basie

    The Kid From Red Bank

    Composer: Neil Hefti Performers: Count Basie, p. 21st & 22nd October 1957

    • Count Basie and His Orchestra.
    • Avid.
    • AMSC 948. D2, Tr.1.
  • Thelonious Monk

    I Hadn't Anyone Till You

    Composer: Monk Performers: Thelonious Monk, p. 1964

    • Solo Monk.
    • CBS.
    • 62549. S2/1.
  • Rahsaan Roland Kirk

    No Tonic Pres

    Composer: Kirk Performers: Roland Kirk, ts; Jaki Byard, p; Richard Davis, b; Elvin Jones, d. 13th January 1965

    • Rip, Rig and Panic.
    • Mercury.
    • LML 4015. S1/1.
  • Jason Moran

    You've Got to Be Modernistic

    Composer: James P. Johnson Performers: Jason Moran, p. 12th April 2002

    • Modernistic.
    • Bluenote.
    • 5398382 (1), T.1.

Harlem Stride Pianists

Title:                      ORIGINAL RAGS

Artist:                    Jelly Roll Morton             

Composer:          Scott Joplin, arr Morton

Album:                 The Great Jazz Pianists

Label:                    Past Perfect PPCD 78 107.           

Performers:         Jelly Roll Morton (piano)

 

 

Title:                      FIFTY-SEVEN VARIETIES  

Artist:                    Earl Hines           

Composer:          Hines

Album:                The Great Jazz Pianists

Label:                    Past Perfect PPCD 78 107             

Performers:         Earl Hines (piano)

 

 

Title:                      YOU’VE GOT TO BE MODERNISTIC 

Artist:                    James P. Johnson           

Composer:           Johnson

Album:                 The Great Jazz Pianists

Label:                    Past Perfect       PPCD 78 107

Performers:         James P. Johnson (piano)

 

Title:                      BLEEDING HEARTED BLUES 

Artist:                    James P. Johnson           

Composer:           Austin

Album:                 James P. Johnson 1921 - 1928

Label:                    Classics Classics 658 (1)

Performers:         James P. Johnson (piano)

 

Title:                      PASSIONETTE 

Artist:                    Willie the Lion Smith      

Composer:            Smith

Album:                  The Great Jazz Pianists

Label:                    Past Perfect  PPCD 78 107

Performers:          Willie the Lion Smith (piano);  O’Neill Spencer (drums)

 

Title:                      SCANDAL WALK 

Artist:                    George Gershwin           

Composer:            Gershwin and Jackson

Album:                  The Piano Rolls

Label:                    Elektra Nonesuch  7559-79287-2               

Performers:          George Gershwin (piano)

 

Title:                      CAROLINA SHOUT 

Artist:                    Fats Waller         

Composer:            James P. Johnson

Album:                  The Great Jazz Pianists

Label:                    Past Perfect PPCD 78 107

Performers:          Fats Waller (piano)

 

Title:                      TIGER RAG  

Artist:                    Art Tatum           

Composer:            LaRocca & Da Costa

Album:                 The Spirit of Ragtime

Label:                    ASV CDAJA 5256              

Performers:          Art Tatum (piano)

 

Title:                      PILGRIM’S CHORUS 

Artist:                    Donald Lambert               

Composer:            Wagner, arr. Lambert

Album:                 The Great Jazz Pianists

Label:                    Past Perfect  PPCD 78 107

Performers:          Donald Lambert (piano)

 

Title:                      SNOWY MORNING BLUES   

Artist:                    Dick Hyman and Dick Wellstood

Composer:            James P. Johnson and Perry Bradford

Album:                  Stridemonster!

Label:                    Sackville  SKCD22064      

Performers:          Dick Hyman (piano);  Dick Wellstood (piano)

 

Title:                      THE KID FROM RED BANK   

Artist:                    Count Basie & band        

Composer:            Neil Hefti

Album:                  Count Basie and His Orchestra

Label:                    Avid  AMSC 948

Performers:         Count Basie (piano)

 

Title:                      I HADN’T ANYONE TILL YOU  

Artist:                    Thelonious Monk            

Composer:            Monk

Album:                  Solo Monk

Label:                    CBS 62549

Performers:          Thelonious Monk (Piano)

 

Title:                      NO TONIC PRES   

Artist:                    Roland Kirk        

Composer:            Kirk

Album:                  Rip, Rig and Panic

Label:                    Mercury LML 4015          

Performers:          Roland Kirk (tenor sax); Jaki Byard (piano); Richard Davis (bass); Elvin Jones (drums)

 

Title:                      YOU’VE GOT TO BE MODERNISTIC 

Artist:                    Jason Moran     

Composer:            James P. Johnson 

Album:                 Modernistic

Label:                    Bluenote  5398382

Performers:          Jason Moran (piano)

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