Dick Wellstood: Dick Wellstood Live at Hanratty's
Wellstone's style might be described as thorough. He excels in all forms of piano jazz from Louis Moreau Gottschalk (who I consider the natural source of synthesis), through Scott Joplin, to James P. Johnson, Willie "The Lion" Smith, Earl Hines and beyond. All styles are well represented musically, but Wellstone's stylistic center is firmly in the '20s and '30s. He pays close attention to Sidney Bechet this time around, offering "Quincy Street Stomp", "Georgia Cabin" and "Ghost of the Blues" as proof of allegiance. Tin Pan Alley is traversed with Cole Porter ("So In Love"), Don Redman (Gee Baby Ain't I Good to You") and Harold Arlen ("My Shining Hour" in stride).
Dick Wellstone was a happy kitten on the keys. A true treasure. Let's hope there is more music like this lurking somewhere.
Track Listing: Cha Cha for Charlie; I Wish I Were Twins; Gee, Baby, Ain't I Good To You; Quincy Street Stomp; Barbara song; How Could I Be Blue; Georgia Cabin/Ghost of the Blues; Ain't Misbehavin'; Deed I Do/ Georgia On My Mind/Don't Let Me Bother Me; I'm Putting All My Eggs In One Basket; Looking At You/You've Been A Good Ole Wagon; Runnin' Wild; So In Love; Everyone Loves My Baby; A Pretty Girl Is Like A Melody; Coronet Chop Suey; My Shining Hour. (Total Time: 70:25)
Personnel: Dick Wellstood: Piano
Record Label: Chiaroscuro Records