Friday, November 27, 2015

Before "The Complete Piano Works of R. Nathaniel Dett," Clipper Erickson Recorded Works of John Work, R. Nathaniel Dett, Fats Waller and James P. Johnson

An American Journey
Clipper Erickson
Direct-to-Tape (1998)
 1. American Ballads (Roy Harris)
  2. Prairie Idylls (Rubin Goldmark)
  3. Sonata for Piano (Quincy Porter)
  4. Scuppernong (Three Pieces for Country Folk) (John Work)
  5. In the Bottoms (R. Nathaniel Dett)
  6. Rhapsody in Blue (George Gershwin, arr. by the composerfor piano)
  7. Homage to The Lord's Prayer (arrangement by Donald Dumpson)

American Eclectic: An American Journey, Volume 2
Clipper Erickson
Direct-to-Tape (2005)
       1. Ballad, Op. 6 (1894) (Amy Cheney-Beach)
  2. The Fountain of the Acqua Paola Op. 7, No. 3 (Charles Griffes)
  3. Clouds Op. 7, No. 4 (Charles Griffes)
  4. Numb Fumblin’ (Thomas "Fats" Waller)
  5. Carolina Shout (James P. Johnson)
  6. -9. Four Piano Blues (Aaron Copland)
  7. Toccata (Roy Harris)
  8. A Little Suite for Christmas, A.D. 1979 (George Crumb)
  9. -16. Suite for Piano (Daniel Barta)

R. Nathaniel Dett (1882-1943) and James P. Johnson (1894-1955) are featured at

Comment by email: 
Thanks!  I had recorded In the Bottoms earlier - I think the new one has a better instrument and acoustics.  Textura, an online music blog in Ontario, published this review last week:

There is also one coming out in Gramophone next month.  Very happy to know that Dett's piano music is getting some of the attention it deserves!  Now I just need to get it back into print.  All best,  Clipper  [Clipper Erickson]

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