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Released on CD by her own label, this highly enjoyable effort matches the brilliant stride pianist Judy Carmichael with cornetist Warren Vache and guitarist Howard Alden. Such numbers as "Oh Baby," "Love Is Just Around the Corner" and "Everybody Loves My Baby" are enthusiastically performed as heated, swinging jams. Vache sits out on Fats Waller's "Fractious Fingering," while Jelly Roll Morton's "Grandpa's Spells" is taken as a piano solo. Although three of the songs were recorded nearly 2½ years before the remainder of the program, the playing of Carmichael, Vache and Alden is quite consistent. Recommended to pre-bop jazz collectors.


Born: 1952 in Lynwood, CA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

Judy Carmichael is a real rarity, a pianist who came up after 1950 who specialized in the pre-World War II piano style called stride. Carmichael, who was not even born in 1950, started on piano when her grandfather offered 50 dollars to the first grandchild who could play "Maple Leaf Rag." She played music for the first time professionally when she was 19, and was a ragtime pianist at Disneyland when she discovered stride piano. In 1980, she made her recording debut on Progressive, utilizing four...
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