Various Artists

The Piano Album

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This LP from the collectors' label Meritt (which is now nearly impossible to find) has 17 performances (mostly piano solos) from a wide variety of swing-oriented keyboardists. There are previously unheard recordings by Clarence Williams, Garland Wilson, Fats Waller (accompanying singer Monette Moore), Willie "The Lion" Smith, Teddy Wilson, Arthur Schutt, Art Tatum, Jelly Roll Morton, Pete Johnson and Albert Ammons (the latter two individually accompanying trumpeter Harry James), Clarence Profit, Mary Lou Williams and Earl Hines. The recording quality is generally excellent and the playing consistently exciting; some (but not all) of the performances have been reissued by other labels on CD.