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James P. Johnson

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Back during the heyday of ragtime piano (pre-1920), James P. had become a part of the famed "Harlem music scene," and was contributing to the distinctive Harlem piano style that differed melodically and harmonically from classic ragtime. Conventional ragtime had syncopation but lacked polyrhythm. James P. developed a strong and solid walking bass with his left hand and a rhythmic exciting treble with his right. His music flowed at an even tempo with considerable syncopation between the two hands. He superimposed conflicting rhythms in solos of symmetrical beauty. James Price Johnson was born in New Brunswick, N.J., in 1894

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Piano Inside And Out: You Have To Be Modernistic

Read "Piano Inside And Out: You Have To Be Modernistic" reviewed by David Brown


Today, a survey of piano approaches from James P. Johnson to Dorothy Donegan to Satoko Fujii and lots of folks in between. This is piano jazz.Playlist King Fleming Trio “Junction City Blues" from Stand By (Argo) 0:00:30 Randy Weston “Boram Xam Xam" from Khepera (Verve) 0:04:01 Earl “Fatha" Hines “Blues in Thirds" from The ...

Article: Album Review

Catherine Russell: Send for Me

Read "Send for Me" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Il valore della tradizione. È l'aspetto che la cantante Catherine Russell ribadisce dal 2006, quando pubblicò il suo primo album da leader, dopo anni di lavoro come corista con Donal Fagen, gli Steely Dan, Wynton Marsalis, Madonna, David Bowie e altri. Quando terminò la collaborazione col cantante britannico dopo l'uscita di Reality (Iso Records 2003), Catherine ...

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Article: Album Review

Umlaut Big band: Mary's Ideas

Read "Mary's Ideas" reviewed by Mark Corroto


In the liner notes of Embraced (Pablo Live, 1978), Mary Lou Williams defends the late music of John Coltrane thus ..."the healing power comes from the deep feeling that is in jazz--the feeling of the Blues which is characteristic of all good jazz no matter what form it takes. Even John Coltrane's music was never without ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Striding Forward

Read "Striding Forward" reviewed by Patrick Burnette


Time, the bastards decided, for a historical podcast—and this time, the focus is on stride. Who started it? Who perfected it? Who blew it up? Who deconstructed it? Keep your left hand limber and the answers will follow. Pop matters includes a brief look at chanteuse of the day, Billie Eilish.Playlist Discussion of James ...

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Article: Live Review

2021 Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland

Read "2021 Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland" reviewed by John Chacona


Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland Cain Park September 11-12, 2021 Witnessing the moment-by-moment interaction between musicians is one of the sublime pleasures of attending a jazz concert. There were plenty of opportunities to do just that during the Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland, but for me the sweetest such encounter didn't occur onstage. It happened between ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Happy Birthday, Cole Porter

Read "Happy Birthday, Cole Porter" reviewed by Russell Perry


We are celebrating Cole Porter's 130th birthday—born June 9, 1891, This means that Porter was 27 years old, having already had shows produced on Broadway, when the first jazz recording was made in 1917. Early recordings by James P. Johnson, Jimmie Lunceford, Teddy Wilson and Django Reinhardt showed the adaptability of his compositions to the jazz ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New releases & Anniversary Blue Notes

Read "New releases & Anniversary Blue Notes" reviewed by Marc Cohn


First show of the month means Blue Notes! But there's only one 50th anniversary celebration: Big John Patton's Memphis to New York Spirit. Never fear, though, there's more from Blue Note ahoy: the 60th anniversary of Back to the Tracks from saxophonist Tina Brooks; a great new band, Artemis; and classic James P. Johnson from BN-27. ...

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Fiftieth Anniversary Blue Notes for September

Read "Fiftieth Anniversary Blue Notes for September" reviewed by Marc Cohn


Blue Note fiftieth anniversaries, as usual, on this first show of the month: Reuben Wilson (A Groovy Situation), McCoy Tyner (Asante) and Jimmy McGriff (Something to Listen to). And there's another James P. Johnson Blue Note single (BN-26) that includes “Caprice Rag" (piano players, pay attention). We've also got 21st century music from the U.K.'s Sarah ...

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50th Anniversary Blue Notes – August edition

Read "50th Anniversary Blue Notes – August edition" reviewed by Marc Cohn


During last month's Blue Note anniversary show we ran out of time. So this week we catch up with a Hank Mobley session for Blue Note from July 31, 1970 (well, that date was 'almost-August' anyway), after opening the show with mostly twenty-first century music. Then, it's on to Grant Green, live in Newark and Wayne ...


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