Yellow Dog Blues (2018)

Handy, Armstrong, Kweskin, Thomas, Williams, Johnson, Morton

Don Ewell Quartet

Once described by Eubie Blake as “The greatest piano player I ever heard” , Don Ewell's interpretation of Waller, Johnson and Morton, both in performances and recordings, are revered within New Orleans and traditional jazz circles. This true stereo recording from 1959 remastered by 2xHD is a great sonic showcase of his mastery of stride, featuring eight selections including: New Orleans Hop Scop Blues, Ole Miss, Georgia Bo Bo and the title song.

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Don Ewell Quartet

A major if underrated stride pianist, Don Ewell was inspired by Jelly Roll Morton and Earl Hines.  He could stride like Fats Waller, too. He started leading his own trios in Baltimore in the mid-’30s.  He played during the New Orleans jazz revival (starting in the mid-’40s) with Bunk Johnson, Muggsy Spanier, Sidney Bechet, and Kid Ory (1953).  Ewell was with Jack Teagarden during 1957-1964. Ewell sometimes played duets with the weakening Willie «the Lion» Smith in the late '60s before moving to New Orleans, where he worked regulary during his last years.

photo: from booklet 'Yellow Dog Blues'

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Yellow Dog Blues (2018)

Handy, Armstrong, Kweskin, Thomas, Williams, Johnson, Morton

Don Ewell Quartet

Analog Recording Equipment: Nagra-T Tape Recorder modified with high-end tube playback electronics, wired with OCC silver cable from the playback head direct to a Nick Doshi tube head preamplifier
Digital Converters: Merging Technologies Horus
Mastering Engineer: Rene Laflamme - Analog to DSD 256 Transfer
Recording Software: Pyramix
Recording Type & Bit Rate: Analog

This album was recorded to Analog tape. It was then transferred to the DSD bit rate indicated above.

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Tracks.
1.
Michigan Water Blues
Morton
00:04:29   N/A
2.
Atlanta Blues
Johnson
00:05:37   N/A
3.
Tishomino Blues
Williams
00:05:05   N/A
4.
Georgia Bo Bo
Armstrong
00:04:44   N/A
5.
New Orleans Hop Scop Blues
Thomas
00:04:07   N/A
6.
Blues My Naugthy Sweetie Gave To Me
Kweskin
00:04:09   N/A
7.
Ole Miss
Armstrong
00:04:41   N/A
8.
Yellow Dog Blues
Handy
00:04:57   N/A

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