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Tuts Washington

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Isadore ‘Tuts’ Washington provides a wider perspective on the phenomenon of New Orleans piano that is called the Storyville tradition. Storyville was an upscale brothel district that operated in New Orleans until 1917. Every first class whorehouse had one or more pianists, who were called the Professors. Since the clients were white and often made requests, the Professors developed a repertoire much more diverse than the barrelhouse players, including ragtime and the popular music of the day. Although Tuts came along slightly after Storyville, he was an example of the wide range of musicianship characteristic of the tradition

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David Virelles: Igbó Alákọrin

Read "Igbó Alákọrin" reviewed by Jim Trageser


Maybe the most unexpected delight of 2018, avant-garde pianist David Virelles has released an utterly dyed-in-the-wool homage to his birthplace of Santiago de Cuba.Completely different from any other recording he's done to this point, this unreconstructed slice of midcentury Cuban music is so completely steeped in tradition, and Virelles' playing is so gorgeously virtuosic, ...


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