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Album Review

This release was quite important for a couple of reasons. It was the first LP put out by the British Spotlite label and only the second date led by the legendary (and until then largely forgotten) bop pianist Joe Albany; the earlier session was actually a 1957 rehearsal! Recorded at home on his own piano, this solo set has Albany performing 11 standards and bop tunes, plus his own "Birdtown Blues." The recording quality is decent if not state-of-the-art, but the playing is quite excellent and fortunately led to the rediscovery of this important "missing link."


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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At Home, Joe Albany
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  • 9,99 €
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Bop
  • Released: 1971

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