Don Ewell

Take It in Stride

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Stride piano was practically an extinct art form when Don Ewell recorded this solo LP for Chiaroscuro. The well-rounded set finds Ewell in prime form performing two originals, such standards as "Get Happy," "Someday You'll Be Sorry" and "100 Years from Today," and the obscure "Dr. Heckle and Mr. Jive." Throughout, Ewell keeps the memories of James P. Johnson, Fats Waller and Jelly Roll Morton alive while adding his own appealing approach. The music is brilliant but will be difficult to find until Chiaroscuro finally gets around to reissuing this gem on CD.