Zez Confrey

Keyboard Wizards of the Gershwin Era, Vol. 4

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This fourth volume in Pearl's series Keyboard Wizards of the Gershwin Era includes 26 tracks of piano-roll recordings by Zez Confrey, a gifted pianist with nimble fingers and a light touch. Barring the four versions of "Kitten on the Keys," the selections here -- "Coaxin' the Piano," "Poor Buttermilk," "You Tell 'Em Ivories," "Mississippi Shivers," and "Charleston Chuckles" -- will be unfamiliar to most. It's an enjoyable collection nevertheless, and a fascinating document from nearly a century ago.

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