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Album Review

Joe Albany came very close to being one of the lost legends, a pioneering bebop pianist who barely recorded until Spotlite released a private solo recital of his in 1971. The follow-up Lp (which also came out domestically on the Revelation label) has Albany playing five unaccompanied solos (including "You Don't Know What Love Is" and "Like Someone In Love") plus six trio numbers with bassist Bob Whitlock and either Jerry McKenzie or Nick Martinis on drums; best of the latter is "When Lights Are Low" and "Yardbird Suite." Despite an out-of-tune piano on a few of the songs, this is a worthy and historical set.


Born: January 24, 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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Proto-Bopper, Joe Albany
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Bop
  • Released: 1972

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