Fats Waller
Carolina Shout [ASV/Living Era]
Complete Victor Piano Solos
Art Tatum

Jazz » New Orleans/Classic Jazz » Stride

Stride is a style of jazz piano playing in which the pianist's left hand maintains a continuous pulse in groups of four beats by percussively playing a bass note on the first and third beats and a chord on the second and fourth beats. The right hand improvises melodies and harmonies, and the result resembles a very energetic one-man band. It was performed by immensely talented pianists who were able to control the piano with a power and virtuosic force previously unknown in popular music. The style originated in New York before the 1920s, as pianists took ragtime and began developing new, more swinging styles. Major proponents were James P. Johnson, Willie "The Lion" Smith, and Luckey Roberts. They influenced Fats Waller, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, and Joe Sullivan -- who, in turn, went on to be influential themselves. Art Tatum and Ralph Sutton, for instance, were both influenced by Waller.

Stride Artists Highlights

Fats Waller
Fats Waller
Art Tatum
Art Tatum
Count Basie
Count Basie
Mary Lou Williams
Mary Lou Williams
James P. Johnson
James P. Johnson
Duke Ellington
Duke Ellington

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Stride Album Highlights

Carolina Shout [ASV/Living Era]
James P. Johnson
Carolina Shout [ASV/Living ...
Complete Victor Piano Solos
Fats Waller
Complete Victor Piano Solos
1938-1940
Willie "The Lion" Smith
1938-1940
The Very Best of Fats Waller [Collectors' Choice]
Fats Waller
The Very Best of Fats ...
Jelly and James: Music of "Jelly Roll" Morton and James P. Johnson
Dick Hyman
Jelly and James: Music of ...
Snowy Morning Blues
James P. Johnson
Snowy Morning Blues

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Stride Song Highlights

Title/Composer Performer Stream
The Dream (Slow Drag) James P. Johnson & His Orchestra / James P. Johnson / New York Orchestra
Sneakaway Willie "The Lion" Smith
Handful of Keys Fats Waller
Pearls Dick Hyman
You've Got to Be Modernistic James P. Johnson
Flip Flop and Fly Big Joe Turner
Fats Waller Stomp Fats Waller
12th Street Rag
Fats Waller & His Rhythm
Ain't Misbehavin' Fats Waller
Cocktails for Two Art Tatum

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