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The Original James P. Johnson: 1942-1945, Piano Solos

The Original James P. Johnson: 1942-1945, Piano Solos

Seventy-four minutes of solo piano from the father of Harlem stride piano. Includes eight previously unreleased tracks, including Yamekraw and Jazzamine Concerto. 20 vibrant performances, including Joplin and Handy, a Gershwin hit, and Johnson's own compositions—1917 Classic rags, a 1923 show tune, newly discovered blues improvisations, and three of his pioneering "third stream" symphonic works. 28-page booklet contains wonderful reproductions of the original LP covers, historical and biographical annotation on the period, the artist, and the songs. Reissued from Folkways 2850. "It was me, or maybe Fats, who say down to warm up the piano. After that, James took over. Then you got real invention-magic, sheer magic." —Duke Ellington

Track Listing

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Liza James P. Johnson 2:52
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102
Aunt Hagar's Blues James P. Johnson 2:33
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103
Sweet Lorraine James P. Johnson 2:49
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104
Jersey Sweet James P. Johnson 2:30
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Yamekraw - A Negro Rhapsody James P. Johnson 11:59
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Daintiness Rag James P. Johnson 2:06
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107
The Dream James P. Johnson 3:44
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108
The Dream (Alternate) James P. Johnson 2:26
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109
Blue Moods James P. Johnson 4:04
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Keep Movin' James P. Johnson 2:31
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111
Woman Blues James P. Johnson 3:50
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112
Jazzamine Concerto James P. Johnson 6:30
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113
St. Louis Blues James P. Johnson 4:02
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114
Jungle Drums James P. Johnson 2:34
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115
Blue Moods, Sex James P. Johnson 4:41
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116
Euphonic Sounds James P. Johnson 2:43
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117
Twilight Rag James P. Johnson 2:34
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118
Snowy Morning Blues James P. Johnson 3:16
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Snowy Morning Blues (Alternate) James P. Johnson 3:00
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Blues for Jimmy James P. Johnson 2:53

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