Atlantic Jazz: Piano

Atlantic Jazz: Piano


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Founded in 1947, Atlantic Records has been the home of some of jazz's more important figures (as well as blues). This compilation, originally issued as a two-fer LP, catches some of the excellent performances by the label's stable of jazz pianists over a period of 35 years. The earliest track is from Erroll Garner's first and only Atlantic album, Passport to Fame, a 1950 trio session where Garner applies his captivating style to "The Way You Look Tonight." The penultimate track on the album is from modernist Don Pullen. In between, there are cuts from albums made by some of the top jazz pianists, not only from that period, but whose work has stood the test of time and is still played regularly. It also shows that owners/producers Ahmet and Nesuhi Ertegun and Herb Abramson were wise and sensible enough to find room for artists representing a wide diversity of styles, from Garner through Dave Brubeck to Pullen and Joe Zawinul. Wide stylistic berth allowances notwithstanding, for most of these artists their stint with the label was short, a stopping off place before landing contracts with a major recording studio such as Columbia. The title is also a bit misleading in the sense the label never had some of the participants under contract. The cuts by Thelonious Monk and Bill Evans were from sessions headed by Art Blakey and Herbie Mann, respectively. But no matter how they got on the album, this collection of jazz piano is unmatched for its breadth and depth.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/15/1987
Label: Warner Brothers
UPC: 0075678170720
catalogNumber: 10353733
Rank: 189313


  1. The Way You Look Tonight
  2. In the Purple Grotto
  3. Line Up
  4. Celia
  5. Sweet Sixteen Bars
  6. In Walked Bud
  7. Delaunay's Dilemma
  8. Lazy Bird
  9. Nirvana
  10. Young Soul
  11. My One and Only Love
  12. Sweet Georgia Brown
  13. Einbahnstrasse
  14. Blues, No. 2
  15. Pardon My Rags
  16. Koto Song

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ray Charles   Piano,Track Performer
George Adams   Flute,Soprano,Bass Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Dave Brubeck   Piano,Track Performer
Ray Bryant   Piano,Track Performer
Ron Carter   Bass
Paul Desmond   Alto Saxophone
Bill Evans   Piano
Erroll Garner   Piano,Track Performer
Johnny Griffin   Tenor Saxophone
Herbie Hancock   Piano,Track Performer
Bill Hardman   Trumpet
Ahmad Jamal   Piano
Keith Jarrett   Piano,Track Performer
Elvin Jones   Drums
John Lewis   Piano,Track Performer
Herbie Mann   Flute
Oscar Pettiford   Bass
Lennie Tristano   Piano,Track Performer
Randy Weston   Piano
Peter Ind   Bass
Chuck Israels   Bass
Mary Lou Williams   Piano,Track Performer
Connie Kay   Drums
Herlin Riley   Drums
Alan Dawson   Drums
Willie Ruff   Bass
George Duvivier   Bass
McCoy Tyner   Piano,Track Performer
Joe Zawinul   Piano,Track Performer
Manolo Badrena   Percussion
Art Blakey   Drums
Roy Burness   Drums
James Cammack   Bass
Bill Clark   Drums
Kenny Clarke   Drums
Billy Cobham   Drums
Bob Cunningham   Bass
Spanky DeBrest   Bass
Kenny Dennis   Drums
Roland Hanna   Piano
Junior Mance   Piano,Track Performer
Earl May   Bass
Lenny McBrowne   Drums
Hélcio Milito   Drums
Thelonious Monk   Piano,Track Performer
Jeff Morton   Drums
Paul Motian   Drums
Phineas Newborn   Piano,Track Performer
William Peeples   Drums
Carl Pruitt   Bass
Roosevelt Sheffield   Bass
John Simmons   Bass
Jack Six   Bass
Ben Tucker   Bass
Vishnu Wood   Bass
Dwike Mitchell   Piano,Track Performer
Harold Wing   Drums
John Richard Lewis   Piano
Steve Davis   Bass

Technical Credits

Dave Brubeck   Producer
Ron Carter   Composer
Ahmad Jamal   Producer
Herbie Mann   Producer
Lennie Tristano   Producer
Randy Weston   Producer
Frank Abbey   Engineer
George Avakian   Producer
Dave Green   Engineer
Joel Dorn   Producer
Tom Dowd   Engineer
Ahmet Ertegun   Executive Producer
Nesuhi Ertegun   Producer
Rudy Van Gelder   Engineer
Lewis Hahn   Engineer
Phil Iehle   Engineer
Joe Jorgensen   Engineer
Gary Kramer   Producer
Sigfried Loch   Producer
Ilhan Mimaroglu   Producer
John Snyder   Producer
Stephan Sulke   Engineer
Bruce Tergesen   Engineer
Bobby Warner   Engineer
Jerry Wexler   Producer
Bob Blumenthal   Liner Notes
Bob Defrin   Art Direction
Michael Paraskevas   Illustrations
George Simon   Producer
Tommy Nola   Engineer
Siegfried Lock   Producer
Earle Brown   Engineer

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