"Carolina Shout" - James P. Johnson





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Carolina Shout played by the composer James P. Johnson
(originally issued on QRS 100999 / ca. February 1921)

James Price Johnson [A.K.A. "Jimmy Johnson"] (February 1, 1894November 17, 1955) was an African-American pianist and composer. He's one of the greatest of all piano roll artists.
For more information on James P. Johnson, I recommend the writeup in Rags & Ragtime (Jasen & Tichenor) and the book James P. Johnson (Brown & Hilbert); also see Tom Davin's 1955 interview with JPJ in Jazz Panorama (Martin Williams, ed.) (see BluesTone Recommended Reading list)

Stride, also known as New York ragtime, is a jazz piano style where the pianist's left hand may play a four-beat pulse with a bass note or tenth interval on the first and third beats, and a chord on the second and fourth beats, or an interrupted bass with three single notes and then a chord while the right hand plays melodies, riffs and often contrapuntal lines. The name "stride" comes from the left-hand movement "striding" up and down the keyboard. Pedal technique further varies the left hand sound.[citation needed]

The technique was originated in Harlem during World War I by Luckey Roberts and James P. Johnson. It was partially influenced by ragtime but as a jazz piano idiom, features improvisation, blue notes, and swing rhythms which its predecessor did not. The practitioners of this style practised a very full jazz piano style that made use of classical devices. They sometimes engaged in cutting contests to show off their skill.

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