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Memories of You
Eubie Blake
Memories of You
Genres: Blues, Jazz, Pop
 
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When Eubie Blake died in 1983 at age 100, he was one of a handful of performers who lived long enough to see jazz evolve from its earliest roots through to its contemporary form. It's a genre Blake undoubtedly influenced o...  more »

      
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All Artists: Eubie Blake
Title: Memories of You
Members Wishing: 3
Total Copies: 0
Label: Biograph
Release Date: 11/19/1993
Genres: Blues, Jazz, Pop
Style: Traditional Jazz & Ragtime
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 092631120028, 826663014624

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When Eubie Blake died in 1983 at age 100, he was one of a handful of performers who lived long enough to see jazz evolve from its earliest roots through to its contemporary form. It's a genre Blake undoubtedly influenced over his long career, though in reality he never really stopped doing what he did best--ragtime. Memories of You features Blake's piano roll recordings from 1915 to 1973 (most were recorded in '21), and the sound quality--like the music--is excellent. The musician's take on "Charleston Rag"--written by Blake in 1899 and recorded here in 1917--might be the first jazz tune to feature a walking bass. Other compositions--1915's "Chevy Chase" and 1921's "Memphis Blues," especially--are filled with a frenzied energy that would foreshadow the shape of jazz to come. Two of his most memorable compositions--"I'm Just Wild About Harry" and "Memories of You"--are included, recorded for piano roll in 1973, when Blake was 90 and as lively as ever. Though the music catalog of Blake is in sad shape (some of his best recordings, including the definitive LP set The 86 Years of Eubie Blake, haven't yet found their way to CD), this collection is a great place to start. --Jason Verlinde

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The best of the Ragtime piano players
05/10/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Eubie Blake was the best of the Ragtime Jazz piano players and this disc is a gem. Dead since long before Digital Compact Discs, this Eubie Blake recording was recorded digitally, mixed digitally, and released digitally. How? They were all taken from piano rolls Eubie Blake cut in his prime. If you think about it, piano rolls were the first digital recordings. This disc includes Blake's famous Charleston Rag and the song he is best remembered for I'm Just Wild About Harry. However, the stand out highlight is his own interpretation of my favourite standard Memories Of You. He starts it out straight, as a ballad, but halfway through he gives it the Eubie Ragtime Jazz treatment. A real joy to behold.Now if only somebody would be smart enough to re-release The 86 Years of Eubie Blake, I'd be a happy man. Are you listening, Sony?"