Judy Carmichael

Jazz Piano

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Judy Carmichael's second recording was her first full set of unaccompanied solos. Already a masterful stride pianist (one of the very few from her generation), Carmichael performs a variety of standards from the 1920s and '30s on this 1983 LP, all but two of which were composed by pianists: Earl Hines, Fats Waller, Duke Ellington, James P. Johnson, George Gershwin and Clarence Williams. Carmichael is in typically swinging form on such numbers as "Rosetta," "Alligator Crawl," "Lady Be Good," "Carolina Shout" and "Nagasaki." Classic jazz fans should be interested in all of Judy Carmichael's recordings, even this hard-to-find album (which was also released by Progressive).