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Recorded 1959-1961
Recorded 1959-1961

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jazz Piano Release of 2003, 5 Nov. 2003
This review is from: Recorded 1959-1961 (Audio CD)
Donald Lambert (1904-1962) is one of the lost generation of pianists from the Harlem stride stable, men like Stephen "The Beetle" Henderson and Willie Gant whose names are repeatedly mentioned but who barely recorded, if at all. Lambert only had two official recording sessions, a 1941 solo date for Bluebird (scandalously still not released on CD), and a 1961 piano and drums date for Jazzology. Most of his life was spent playing solo piano in New Jersey bars, with occasional forays into New York and the rent party circuit.
Fortunately however, Lambert inspired a group of dedicated fans, a number of whom made private recordings of him. This wonderful CD provides 69 minutes of this material, magnificent stride from late in Lambert's career (all previously issued on two obscure LPs on the defunct collectors label Pumpkin). Lambert was not a great ballad player, although "Sweet Lorraine" is given a beautiful reading here, as is "As Time Goes By". His forte was high speed stride, and this CD contains wonderful examples of Lambert at full cry. "Liza", "When Dreams Come True", "Hold Your Temper" and most of all, "Russian Lullaby" are superb - stride at its exhilarating finest. One of his party pieces was to play popular classical pieces, first straight and then in full blooded stride, as the sensational "Anitra's Dance" demonstrates. What a wonderful left hand! He was also a master of the traditional James P. Johnson stride showpieces, as "Harlem Strut", "Keep Off The Grass" and his rather individual paraphrase of "Daintiness Rag" (with parts of "Caprice Rag" and "Steeplechase Rag" prominent) demonstrate. Other strong tracks include his showpiece arrangement of "Tea for Two" (with the melody in the left hand & counter-melodies in the right), two delicate but delightfully offbeat choruses of "Save Your Sorrow", and the five and a half minute tour de force rendition of "Hallelujah", where Lambert reels off chorus after chorus of apparently effortless stride.
Despite being little known to the public, Lambert has been enormously influential both in person and through the circulation of private tapes: both older striders Dick Wellstood ("When Dreams Come True"), Chuck Folds ("Rose of the Rio Grande") & Neville Dickie ("Bells of St. Mary's"), & in the next generation outstanding young European striders Louis Mazetier ("Overnight") and Bernd Lhotzky ("It's All Right With Me") have all played and recorded performances based on Lambert arrangements.
This is a superb CD by an outstanding stride pianist. It also features erudite and informative (if poorly proof-read) sleeve-notes by Dick Wellstood taken from the original Pumpkin releases. Sound quality is a little variable, but is perfectly acceptable. Storyville have done a wonderful job in making this material available again. It omits a number of tracks from the original two LPs: some are no great loss, but "It's Alright With Me", "Old Fashioned Love" and "Rose of the Rio Grande" deserve to be made available. Perhaps Storyville will issue a second Lambert CD - a lot more unreleased Lambert material is still out there. There is a 1970s LP by IAJRC to be re-issued as well as considerable material never made publically available. Let's hope this fantastic CD is just the first of a number that will restore Lambert to his rightful place in the stride pantheon.

The Best of Peter Cook and Dudley Moore [DVD]
The Best of Peter Cook and Dudley Moore [DVD]
Dvd ~ Peter Cooke
Price: £4.75

97 of 103 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Material, Poor Production, 14 Oct. 2003
This is a lazy production, a straightforward re-issue of a 90 minute video release that first appeared in 1990, with no attempt to include additional material. For example, the famous 1965 Sir Arthur Streeb-Greebling sketch (about his fruitless attempts to teach ravens to fly underwater) still exists, has been shown on TV a number of times in recent years but has not been included here. With a bit of effort and archive research, the BBC could have provided rather more Cook & Moore material than they have bothered to include.
So, magnificent so far as it goes, but something of a missed opportunity.

Portrait Of A New Orleans Master
Portrait Of A New Orleans Master
Price: £13.15

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great New Orleans Revival Recordings, 6 July 2002
Mutt Carey (1891 - 1948) was one of the great New Orleans trumpeters of the pre - Armstrong era. Strongly influenced by King Oliver he was a master of the muted trumpet and an unflashy ensemble player laying down a firm lead and offering the occasional terse incisive solo. He was the trumpeter on the first recordings made by a black jazz band, the 1922 "Spikes Seven Pods of Pepper" recordings (on the Classics "Kid Ory 1922 - 1945 CD), but recorded little before the 1940s. Much of his subsequent career was spent playing with Kid Ory on the West Coast.
This CD is a magnificent compilation of tracks from Carey's final years as a leading light of the 1940s New Orleans revival. Tracks 1 - 8 feature Carey with the Ory band from 1945 on the Exner & Decca labels, and demonstrate what a fine driving ensemble it was. Carey's trumpet is heard to particularly good effect playing the classic Oliver solo in "Dippermouth Blues". Tracks 9 - 14 find Carey accompanying Texas blues singer & pianist Hociel Smith on tracks made for Circle in 1946. Carey sounds rather ill at ease here.
Tracks 1 - 14 have been released on CD before. The primary reason for buying this CD is found in tracks 15 - 24, the classic "Mutt Carey and his New Yorkers" recordings made in November 1947 for the Century label. Carey was joined by the "This is Jazz" radio show line up of Jimmy Archey, Albert Nicholas (or Edmund Hall), Danny Barker, Pops Foster and Baby Dodds, with one of two stride pianists, Hank Duncan or Cliff Jackson. These long unavailable tracks are among the finest of the New Orleans revival, ranking with the 1946-46 Ory recordings and Bunk Johnson's American Music and Last Testament sessions. Baby Dodds is predicably magnificent and is well enough recorded for this to be appreciated. Nicholas is at his bittersweet creole best, but the star is Carey. Perhaps feeling liberated after quitting the Ory band, he is in superb form throughout, providing a strong lead on up-tempo numbers such as "Cake Walkin' Babies" "Fidgety Feet" and "Indiana". A particular highlight is "Slow Drivin'", a six minute blues featuring fine plunger-muted choruses from Carey. The other noteworthy feature of these recordings is that they feature three ragtime pieces from Stark's "Red Back Book" orchestrations. This version of The Entertainer" makes an interesting contrast with Bunk Johnson's version in the "Last Testament" sessions and with Tony Parenti's "Ragtimer" sessions.
Sound quality is fine, and at 78 minutes and with detailed and erudite notes by Mike Pointon, this is a model re-issue from the British company Upbeat Records. Strongly recommended for all interested in New Orleans jazz.

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