Johnny Guarnieri

1944-1946

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In addition to recording prolifically in the 1940s, pianist Johnny Guarnieri led a few record dates. This Classics CD has four septet numbers from 1944 that feature tenor saxophonist Lester Young and trumpeter Billy Butterfield as sidemen, four songs with tenorman Don Byas in superb form, and three trio sessions, including two that co-star bassist Slam Stewart. Guarnieri, who was versatile enough to be able to closely emulate Count Basie, Teddy Wilson, Fats Waller, and Art Tatum, also had his own swing-based style and is consistently creative throughout the performances. Highlights include "Salute to Fats," "Bowin' Singin' Slam," "Gliss Me Again," "I'd Do Anything for You," and "Make Believe"; all 22 selections are enjoyable.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:58
2 3:00
3 2:58
4 2:59
5 3:09
6 3:23
7 2:51
8
3:09
9 2:51
10 3:06
11 2:51
12 2:41
13 2:34
14 2:39
15 2:40
16 3:05
17 2:59
18 2:53
19 3:07
20 2:46
21 2:35
22 2:51
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