Various Artists

Playing the Black & Whites

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The accent is on pianists throughout this Pickwick CD, one of six released in 1989 that focus on music from the mid-'40s Black & White catalog. Art Hodes's four 1942 piano solos were the earliest Black & White recordings and they are joined here by a pair of duets by pianist Dick Cary and drummer George Wettling, four Cliff Jackson piano solos and four numbers from the trio of pianist Nat Jaffe, guitarist Remo Palmieri and bassist Leo Guarnieri. The music rangs from swing to stride and is consistently enjoyable and formerly rare. All of the Pickwick CDs in this valuable series are recommended to fans of the era.