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Various Artists: Rockin’ the Spirit: Piano Blues, Boogie & Spirituals

Rockin’ the Spirit: Piano Blues, Boogie & Spirituals is old school and proud of it. Five piano ticklers including Eric Reed, Johnny O’Neal, Monty Alexander, Bob Seeley and Mark Braun celebrate neglected stylistic idioms that deserve a brushing off. Solo piano of this nature took quite a hit by the time bop rolled around and it never recovered its footing. That this collection of younger and experienced players, most of whom also practice contemporary jazz styles, remain obsessed with these older forms is a wonder in itself.

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