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Grant Simpson: Stride and True

Read "Stride and True" reviewed by Robert R. Calder


Grant Simpson hits the piano cleanly, and he sounds like he hits it hard. He mentions the “ever-present dry wit" of Dick Wellstood when introducing a performance of Wellstood's “Dollar Dance," whose composer called it “a distant relative" of Jelly Roll Morton's “Perfect Rag."

Though it's necessary to mention Wellstood's likely influence on Simpson's slowish tempo through much of the opener, James P. Johnson's “One Hour"--and Simpson's central commitment to Harlem stride piano--he emulates Morton by making a priority of ...


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