Donald Lambert

Harlem Stride Classics

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Donald Lambert was one of the great stride pianists but unfortunately, other than a short period in New York (1932-36), he mostly played in obscure after-hours clubs in New Jersey. Lambert was persuaded to record for Solo Art in 1961 by Rudi Blesh but otherwise stayed out of the recording studios altogether. Fortunately tapes from his last years (he died in 1962) were released on three albums in the late '70s by the Pumpkin and IAJRC labels. For this LP, Lambert turns such songs as "It's All Right with Me," "The Trolley Song" and "Jingle Bells" into stride and also performs some classics of the idiom, including "Ain't Misbehavin'," "Keep Off the Grass," "Carolina Shout" and "If Dreams Come True." Well worth searching for.