Ragtime Jack Radcliffe | Makin' Strides

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Makin' Strides

by Ragtime Jack Radcliffe

Masterful stride and ragtime piano
Genre: Jazz: Stride
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Memories of Eubie
2:34 $0.99
2. S'posin'
3:05 $0.99
3. It's a Sin
3:05 $0.99
4. Keepin' out of Mischief
2:35 $0.99
5. Raggedy Andy Cohen
3:21 $0.99
6. Body & Soul
3:52 $0.99
7. Hesitation Blues
2:45 $0.99
8. Oh, Lady Be Good
2:25 $0.99
9. If I Could Be with You
2:13 $0.99
10. Black & Blue
4:18 $0.99
11. Valentines for Sandy
4:06 $0.99
12. As Time Goes By
3:46 $0.99
13. Way over the Rainbow
2:52 $0.99
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Album Notes
1. Memories of Eubie (John G. Radcliffe): 2:34
James Hubert Blake (1887–1983) has long been one of my role models for piano playing. His best known compositions are probably Charleston Rag and Memories of You. I modeled the feel of this composition on the latter, hence the title.
2. S’Posin’ (Paul Denniker) 3:04
Andy Razaf wrote words to this, and Al Oliveira and I recorded a version of it back in 1981 (WI-001, “Two Hot To Handle). But I love the way the tune is put together, so thought I’d try an instrumental version.
3. It’s A Sin (Billy Mayhew) 3:05
Fats Waller popularized this in his 1936 cover. His takes on the lyrics were witty for that time, but inappropriately sexist for today. My solution was to do it as an instrumental and find new ways to connect the phrases. Third verse includes a few music homages to Waller.
4. Keepin’ Out of Mischief (Thomas W. Waller) 2:34
Fats wrote this in 1932. He didn’t heed the advice in the lyrics Andy Razaf wrote for it, or he might have lived past the age of 39. The structure is classic Waller – perfectly made for throwing those right-hand wrinkles in as it rounds the Fourth on its way through the Circle of Fifths to get back home. Such fun to play!
5. Raggedy Andy Cohen (John G. Radcliffe) 3:20
Andy Cohen is a virtuoso guitarist, singer, Dolceolist, raconteur, and not such a bad ragtime pianist in his own right. When I got back into musical harness in 2003 it was Andy to whom I turned for encouragement and inspiration. He has opened more musical doors for more musical people than anyone I know. About time he had a tune named in his honor – and playable in his style!
6. Body & Soul (Joe Green) 3:52
So far as we know, Joe Green was a true “one-hit wonder.” He wrote it while a student at Harvard, graduated, went on to law school and never thought to write another tune. But what a tune!
7. Hesitation Blues (Traditional) 2:45
It’s been around longer than I have. Folk, blues, jazz, and folks from genres I don’t even know have had a crack at this. The charm, of course, is in the transition from the minor first phrase through he tonic dominant seventh to the four (for those of keeping score at home, the transition is at the 8th measure). I like the double time passage, as well, especially where it comes back to the original tempo.
8. Oh, Lady Be Good (George Gershwin) 2:24
I had to include at least one from “America’s Composer.”
9. If I Could Be With You (James P. Johnson) 2:13
Music historians may not agree on this, but I credit “Pete” Johnson with inventing stride piano. In which case, this whole album is his fault.
10. Black & Blue (Thomas W. Waller) 4:18
An anthem. Hope my rendition does it proper honor.
11. Valentines for Sandy (John G. Radcliffe) 4:05
Sandy is my forever partner in life. We met late in the game, but we are delighted it happened at all. Great women inspire average men to write terrific music … I hope this proves that hypothesis.
12. As Time Goes By (Herman Hupfield) 3:45
I play this much better than Dooley did in Cassablance. Of course, Dooley didn’t actually play it. It was played off-camera by Elliott Carpenter.
13. Way Over The Rainbow (John G. Radcliffe) 2:51
Stolen, mostly, from the Harold Arlen classic. I just think if you’re going over a rainbow you should do it with zest and vigor. I reworked the chord pattern, made it swing and took enough liberties with the original melody that I can legitimately claim it as my own.

Piano: ‘Ragtime’ Jack Radcliffe
Engineer: Corey Sherman
Recorded at Sounds Interesting Studios, Middleborough, MA on a Yamaha studio grand piano
Mastering: dB Sound, Dennisport, MA
Copyright 2019, Wepecket Island Records, Inc., 45 Main St., Taunton, MA 02780



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