Wally Rose


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Despite his popularity, pianist Wally Rose had not recorded since 1956, when he made this solo LP in 1982. While Rose's records of the 1950s were sometimes flawed due to corny playing by his rhythm section and by his piano's sound occasionally being distorted with tacks, this album features him on 14 unaccompanied solos and still in prime form. The repertoire includes old and obscure rags, along with James P. Johnson's "Harlem Strut" and two of Rose's pieces. Overall, this is Wally Rose's definitive recording; pity that he did not record more often throughout his career.