Features 24 bit digital remastering. Comes with a description. An unusual global session for Atlantic Records – an album that has John Lewis presenting work by three other musicians that he feels are ripe for wider discovery! The set's got some killer work from Rene Utreger – a key Parisian player in the postwar years, working here with dexterity that's almost at a Bud Powell level! Dick Katz is also featured on the set – with some nice colors and tones in the mix, similar to some of the work he'd go onto do for Atlantic and other labels. And perhaps the least known here is the British player Derek Smith – stepping out with a lyrical style that's captured surprisingly well here – and which makes the record a key addition to Smith's catalog.
Designed especially for “beginning” quitters, this introduction to the Piano for Life series is the first place to start if you’re looking into this program. In this 90-minute video, piano instructor Mark Almond explains why there are so many quitters, and how a more holistic approach, based on chords and harmony, is much more successful than simply and slowly learning notes. The video teaches aspiring pianists the simple rules of harmony without bogging them down in musical notation, and introduces them to the standard chord symbols used by professionals in non-technical language and with plenty of examples. Beginners and “quitters” of all ages can learn from and enjoy this introduction, which will give them a good foundation in most styles of piano music, including classical, pop, jazz, and more.
During a five-year period the Master Jazz label recorded 11 swing-based pianists in solo settings. Although the label went under later in the decade, the recordings were treasured by collectors. Mosaic, on this four-CD set, brought back all of the music from the original five-volume Master Jazz Piano series, adding two unissued selections and a full album released separately of Ram Ramirez's playing. In addition to Ramirez (who is heard on 13 numbers), there are 13 performances by Earl Hines, four apiece from Claude Hopkins, Cliff Jackson, Keith Dunham, Sonny White, Teddy Wilson, Cliff Smalls and the obscure Gloria Hearn, eight by Jay McShann and two from Sir Charles Thompson. Most of these pianists (other than Hines and Wilson) rarely recorded during this period in their careers, making this box very important both musically and historically.