So were Harlem's stride piano
stylings, which derived from ragtime's similar beat.
His piano improvisation on this selection moved seamlessly from stride piano
to 1930s swing to bop and beyond.
Johnson is regarded as the "father of stride piano
," and that is his legacy as transmitted through Jazz history and appreciation textbooks.
It's exhilarating to here Chopin suddenly twist and turn into stride piano
jazz, and Valdes pays an appropriate debt to Art Tatum.
Militello contributed another incendiary saxophone solo in the style of boppers Charlie Parker and Cannonball Adderley before giving way to Brubeck, who countered with a piano improvisation that began with some sketchy chords and evolved into a section of stride piano
and several choruses of big block chords underpinned by Smith's booming walking bass line and Cox's drum accents.
The favoured piano styles were boogie-woogie and the fast, intricate New York style known as the stride piano
- named after the movement of the player's left hand and made famous by the likes of Willie the Lion Smith, James P Johnson and Fats Waller.
The horn section rocks in true Fletcher Henderson fashion on Big John's Special (written by Fletcher's brother, Horace) while here and elsewhere Sun Ra reveals his stride piano
The overview includes sections on ragtime structure, classic ragtime, stride piano
, and the demise of ragtime.
Caine sounds pretty Jarrettish on Roll On, but throws in a good bit of stride piano
The UK disc is more of the same, really - Brubeck leans in with two-fisted chords, then throws in a little gentle stride piano
Also, two stride piano
legends, Willie "the Lion" Smith and Donald Lambert, spent a lot of time performing in Newark clubs.