Various Artists – Rockin’ The Spirit: Piano Blues, Boogie & Spirituals (2005) [2.0 & 5.0] MCH SACD ISO + Hi-Res FLAC

Various Artists – Rockin’ The Spirit: Piano Blues, Boogie & Spirituals (2005) [2.0 & 5.0]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 Stereo & DST64 5.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 60:22 minutes | Scans included | 4,18 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Full Scans included | 1,04 GB

After attending an annual boogie-woogie concert organized by Mark Braun (Mr. B.), Monty Alexander headed a recording project that paid tribute to both boogie-woogie and spirituals. Five pianists participated, performing two numbers apiece, with four of the players (all but Alexander) playing a pair of duets. Alexander, Eric Reed, and Johnny O’Neal are better known nationally than Bob Seeley and Mark Braun, but all five pianists fare well, stretching beyond boogie-woogie and spirituals to include a few swing standards and even a bluish duet on Benny Golson’s “Whisper Not.” Recommended to boogie-woogie fans and the curious.


01. Bob Seeley – St. Louis Blues
02. Johnny O’Neal – Happy Days Are Here Again/Jitter Bug Waltz
03. Mark Braun – Pinetop’s Boogie Woogie
04. Bob Seeley – Amazing Grace
05. Mark Braun – My Sunday Best
06. Eric Reed – You Took Advantage Of Me
07. Johnny O’Neal – Glory, Glory Hallelujah
08. Monty Alexander – Boogie Woogie Keys
09. Mark Braun and Bob Seeley – Fourplay Boogie Woogie
10. Eric Reed – Three Hymns
11. Monty Alexander – Nobody Knows The Trouble I’ve Seen/No Woman, No Cry
12. Johnny O’Neal and Eric Reed – Whisper Not

Produced by David Chesky. Recording Engineer: Nicholas Prout.



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