Donald Lambert

Meet the Lamb

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An elusive genius, Donald Lambert was a stride pianist on the level of James P. Johnson and Fats Waller but he hardly ever recorded. Luckily tapes from his last two years (1960-62) have been released on Pumpkin and IAJRC albums from the late '70s. This 1976 record has excellent liner notes and a well-rounded program. The recording quality is not state-of-the-art but the solo performances (a drummer sits in on "I Love You Madly") are often quite exciting. Highlights include Lucky Roberts' "Pork and Beans," Willie "The Lion" Smith's "Hold Your Temper," "The Lady's in Love with You," Rachmaninoff's "Russian Rag," James P. Johnson's "Harlem Strut" and "Hallelujah."