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Album Review

After being poorly documented during the first 30 years of his career, pianist Joe Albany made quite a few records (mostly for European labels) during 1971-77. This duet set with bassist Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen (reissued on CD) finds Albany in particularly good form on six veteran standards including "Out Of Nowhere," "Lover Man" and "Star Eyes." His lyrical and boppish style was still very much intact and Albany is heard in prime form on the thoughtful yet swinging set.


Born: 24 January 1924 in Atlantic City, NJ

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s

Looking at pianist Joe Albany's life in hindsight, it is miraculous that he lived to almost reach 64. Serious problems with drugs and alcohol resulted in a series of harrowing incidents and his domestic life would never be described as tranquil (his second wife committed suicide while his third almost died from a drug overdose). Albany's life was so erratic that he only recorded once during 1947-1971. However, Joe Albany's real importance is as one of the early bop pianists. After playing accordion...
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  • 11,99 €
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Bop
  • Released: 17 February 1974

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