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Stacy Still Swings (Remastered)

Jess Stacy

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At the time he recorded this music (which has been reissued on CD), pianist Jess Stacy had been retired from music for 14 years and had just returned to the spotlight briefly for a Carnegie Hall concert. On what would be his next-to-last record as a leader, Stacy concentrates mostly on relaxed tempos, playing in a piano style virtually unchanged from his early years. Stacy performs a set of standards plus five originals. A special bonus (in addition to the four previously unreleased tracks, which are highlighted by a sparkling "Riverboat Shuffle") is the inclusion of a lengthy and fascinating essay by Whitney Balliett that covers virtually the pianist's entire life.

Biography

Born: 11 August 1904 in Bird's Point, MO

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s

One of the great swing pianists, Jess Stacy is known for his solo on "Sing, Sing, Sing," a solo that was cut from the studio recording, but was finally captured on recording at Benny Goodman's historic 1938 Carnegie Hall Concert and released for the first time in 1950. A mostly self-taught player who performed on riverboats during the early '20s, Stacy was part of the fertile Chicago jazz scene of the 1920s with his style being influenced by both Earl Hines and Bix Beiderbecke. Still obscure when...
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