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VA • Rockin' The Spirit

Review by Scott Yanow
After attending an annual boogie-woogie concert organized by Mark Braun (Mr. B.), Monty Alexander headed a recording project that paid tribute to both boogie-woogie and spirituals. Five pianists participated, performing two numbers apiece, with four of the players (all but Alexander) playing a pair of duets. Alexander, Eric Reed, and Johnny O'Neal are better known nationally than Bob Seeley and Mark Braun, but all five pianists fare well, stretching beyond boogie-woogie and spirituals to include a few swing standards and even a bluish duet on Benny Golson's "Whisper Not." Recommended to boogie-woogie fans and the curious.

Five exceptional pianists join forces for an unforgettable evening of stomping boogie-woogie and soulful gospel music. As heard in these performances, both boogie-woogie and gospel are intricately linked. Both can light up a room, warm the heart, and stir emotions like nothing else.

Five phenomenal pianists show how close boogie-woogie is to gospel music, united as they are by a common directness and passion. Anyone who saw the movie Ray will remember the scene where Ray Charles and Art Tatum play a piano duet and come to the same conclusion. Johnny O'Neal played Tatum, and boogie is his speciality. In his hands, and in those of contemporary masters Bob Seeley and Mark Braun, the venerable idiom comes ferociously to life. It's hard to believe that one pair of hands can create such power and drive. - The Observer (UK)

1. St. Louis Blues
2. Happy Days Are Here Again/Jitter Bug Waltz
3. Pinetop's Boogie Woogie
4. Amazing Grace
5. My Sunday Best
6. You Took Advantage of Me
7. Glory, Glory Hallelujah
8. Boogie Woogie Keys
9. Fourplay Boogie Woogie
10. Three Hymns
11. Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen / No Woman, No Cry
12. Whisper Not

St. Louis Blues - Bob Seeley
Happy Days Are Here Again / Jitter Bug Waltz - Johnny O'Neal
Pinetop's Boogie Woogie - Mark Braun
Amazing Grace - Bob Seeley
My Sunday Best - Mark Braun
You Took Advantage of Me - Eric Reed
Glory Glory Hallelujah - Johnny O'Neal
Boogie Woogie Keys - Monty Alexander
Fourplay Boogie Woogie - Mark Braun/Bob Seeley
Three Hymns - Eric Reed
Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen / No Woman, No Cry - Monty Alexander
Whisper Not - Johnny O'Neal/Eric Reed

Release Date: April 26, 2005
Duration: 01:00:22
Genre: Jazz, Blues
Recording Date: December 11, 2004

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