Rockin' The Spirit (JD294)

Genre: 
  1. St. Louis Blues
  2. Happy Days Are Here Again/Jitter Bug Waltz
  3. Pinetop's Boogie Woogie
  4. Amazing Grace
  5. My Sunday Best
  6. You Took Advantage of Me
  7. Glory, Glory Hallelujah
  8. Boogie Woogie Keys
  9. Fourplay Boogie Woogie
  10. Three Hymns
  11. Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen / No Woman, No Cry
  12. Whisper Not

Five exceptional pianists join forces for an unforgettable evening of stomping boogie-woogie and soulful gospel music. As heard in these performances, both boogie-woogie and gospel are intricately linked. Both can light up a room, warm the heart, and stir emotions like nothing else.

 

St. Louis Blues - Bob Seeley

Happy Days Are Here Again / Jitter Bug Waltz - Johnny O'Neal

Pinetop's Boogie Woogie - Mark Braun

Amazing Grace - Bob Seeley

My Sunday Best - Mark Braun

You Took Advantage of Me - Eric Reed

Glory Glory Hallelujah - Johnny O'Neal

Boogie Woogie Keys - Monty Alexander

Fourplay Boogie Woogie - Mark Braun/Bob Seeley

Three Hymns - Eric Reed

Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen / No Woman, No Cry - Monty Alexander

Whisper Not - Johnny O'Neal/Eric Reed

 

Reviews

Five phenomenal pianists show how close boogie-woogie is to gospel music, united as they are by a common directness and passion. Anyone who saw the movie Ray will remember the scene where Ray Charles and Art Tatum play a piano duet and come to the same conclusion. Johnny O'Neal played Tatum, and boogie is his speciality. In his hands, and in those of contemporary masters Bob Seeley and Mark Braun, the venerable idiom comes ferociously to life. It's hard to believe that one pair of hands can create such power and drive.

- The Observer (UK)