James P. Johnson - Father Of The Stride Piano (1962, CD 2001)
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Classic Jazz, Stride Piano | Label: Columbia/Sony, COL 501652 2
James P.Johnson, born around 1891, was a master and inventor of stride piano. His roots are certainly in ragtime – his peers were Scott Joplin, James Scott, Charley Thompson and Tom Turpin; but in New York City, he created a new way of playing, called "stride", that has to be followed by many musicians. James P. taught playing piano to Duke, Fats and Count, just to name a few. This 16 tracks record is a perfect introduction to the greatness of James P.Johnson; on 11 tracks, James P. plays solo piano, on the remaining tracks, he is backed by great fellow musicians.