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Album Review

Claude Hopkins is heard on a rare solo piano session on Crazy Fingers, a Chiaroscuro LP recorded in early 1972. One can really appreciate Hopkins in such a setting, as he digs into some serious stride piano in his best-known composition, "I Would Do Anything for You," and also "Safari Stomp." He swings gently in an original ballad, "Blame It on a Dream." Hopkins is also a marvelous interpreter of standards. His understated approach to "Willow Weep for Me," a wild "(Back Home Again In) Indiana" that brings Fats Waller to mind, and a romp through "Three Little Words" are all delightful performances. The only piece that is a disappointment is the finale, "Hopkins' Scream," which is yet another lively stride piano original but adds the pianist's scream at its conclusion.

Biography

Born: 24 August 1903 in Alexandria, VA

Genre: Jazz

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

A talented stride pianist, Claude Hopkins never became as famous as he deserved. He was a bandleader early on, and toured Europe in the mid-'20s as the musical director for Josephine Baker. Hopkins returned to the U.S. in 1926, led his own groups, and in 1930 took over Charlie Skeete's band. Between 1932-1935, he recorded steadily with his big band (all of the music has been reissued on three Classics CDs), which featured Jimmy Mundy arrangements and such fine soloists as trumpeter/vocalist Ovie...
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  • 2,99 €
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: 1972

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