Famous as an accompanist for Billie Holiday and leader of a widely acclaimed small group that recorded for the Commodore label during the early and mid-'40s, Heywood was forced by failing health to take a three-year hiatus from professional activity beginning in This fourth installment of his complete works in chronological order presents Heywood 's comeback recordings, starting with four unaccompanied solos from and four piano studies with unidentified large-band accompaniment.
The instrumental arrangements follow the pattern established by Heywood 's Commodore ensembles, whereby the piano remains very much in the foreground while the horns serve only to accentuate and lightly embellish. This tidy formula, typified by Heywood 's recording of "Begin the Beguine," sometimes caused frustration among his sidemen.
Vic Dickenson was known to express laconic resentment at being made to feel superfluous when Heywood 's band performed in public. This, of course, has no bearing whatsoever upon the material heard here. Eight sides recorded for Columbia in August and September of perfectly illustrate the pianist's whimsy, and with all respect to the bassist and drummer, it probably doesn't matter who they were.
Jazz Latin New Age. Aggressive Bittersweet Druggy. Energetic Happy Hypnotic. Romantic Sad Sentimental. Sexy Trippy All Moods. Drinking Hanging Out In Love. Introspection Late Night Partying. When the band broke up the following year, he became the house pianist at the Village Vanguard in Greenwich Village, where he led a trio and accompanied singers, among them the Revuers, a group that included Judy Holliday, Betty Comden and Adolph Green.
He had early training as an accompanist from his father, who led the pit band in an Atlanta vaudeville theater.
At the age of 12 he occasionally played piano in his father's band and accompanied such singers as Bessie Smith and Ethel Waters. When pictures with sound began replacing vaudeville, Mr. Carter heard him. Spurred by John Hammond. Heywood organized a sextet that included the trumpeter Doc Cheatham and the trombonist Vic Dickenson. The group played in a crisp, stylized manner that was an adaptation of Mr. Heywood's playing as a solo pianist. Heywood once said.
I Hadn't Anyone Till You. Ray Noble. These Foolish Things. I've Got a Crush on You. They Say It's Wonderful. Irving Berlin.
Portrait of Tallulah. Joe Bushkin. Here in My Arms. Pennies from Heaven. Everyday Is Christmas. The Lady Is a Tramp. Track Listing - Disc 3. Ain't Misbehavin'. Oriental Tones. Fats Waller. Jitterbug Waltz. Richard Maltby, Jr. Tia Juana. Muskrat Ramble.
Kid Ory. Deep Henderson. Fred Rose. Keep Your Temper. Willie "The Lion" Smith. Keepin' Out of Mischief Now. Ain't Cha Glad? Sheltered by the Stars Cradled by the Moon. Viper's Drag. Blue Turning Grey Over You. Alligator Crawl. Take It from Me. Clothes Line Ballet. Track Listing - Disc 4. Can't We Get Together. Never Heard of Such Stuff. There'll Come a Time.
An Armful of You. What's Your Name? Solid Eclipse. Lullaby of the Leaves. Don Redman. Lover Man. Under a Blanket of Blue. In a Mist. Bix Beiderbecke. Autumn in New York. Vernon Duke. Ragging the Scale. There's a Small Hotel. My Heart Is a Hobo.
The Boy Next Door. Something to Remember You By. Song of the Islands. Charles E. Track Listing - Disc 5. Just One of Those Things. Cole Porter. Runnin' Wild. I've Got the World on a String. Fine and Dandy. Honeysuckle Rose. Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea. After You've Gone.
It's Easy to Remember. Isn't It Romantic? Love-Forty Blues. Bill Clifton. Let's Fall in Love. The Touch of Your Lips. Down the Old Ox Road.
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