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Fascinatin' Rhythm / Alan Feinberg


Release Date: 07/17/2012 
Label:  Argo   Catalog #: 444457   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  George GershwinThomas "Fats" WallerEdward "Duke" EllingtonJames P. Johnson,   ... 
Performer:  Alan FeinbergDaniel Druckman
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 15 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

There is some simply stunning playing on this CD. The sheer speed and panache of "Kitten on the Keys" would have left the best novelty pianists of the 1920s and 1930s simply gasping.

This is the fourth of Alan Feinberg's Argo anthologies to come my way (1/91,5/93 and 1/94) and I have found things to admire in all of them. Feinberg said ("Passing notes", January 1994, page 26) that his collections are "personal views ... about putting pieces together in a way that makes each piece speak most eloquently" rather than conventional catalogues or sets of complete works. So far I have not always found this approach convincing but this time, in a set which Feinberg calls "crossover", it
Read more almost works and there is some simply stunning playing in the ragtime and early jazz manners.

Feinberg starts with Earl Wild's own transcription of Fascinatin' rhythm which is on Wild's own all-Gershwin CD (Chesky, 10/90). Wild himself made a strong impression in these sometimes Lisztian interpretations, but Feinberg plays this one more dazzlingly right through.

Two of the Gershwin numbers are in Artis Wodehouse's transcriptions from Gershwin's own disc recordings rather than the short-winded workings in Gershwin's Songbook. Without exception Feinberg makes these sound spontaneous and vivid. The Man I love is Grainger's transcription, which Feinberg also included in "The American Virtuoso" (5/93). Another odd decision is the inclusion of an arrangement of Nancarrow's player-piano Study No. 6 for marimba and piano, which simply doesn't balance. Jelly Roll Morton's Mamanita, played in James Dapogny's transcription, is convincing but the master himself was rather more delicate.

Grainger's crazy In Dahomey is a rarity on record; the Fats Waller numbers are further transcriptions; but an unmitigated hit is kept for the end. This is a performance of Kitten on the Keys which for sheer speed and panache would have left the best novelty pianists of the 1920s and 1930s simply gasping. With so many treats in this CD recital the packaging hardly matters: strongly recommended and good value at 76 minutes.

-- Gramophone [11/1995]
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Works on This Recording

1. Lady, be Good: Fascinating rhythm by George Gershwin
Performer:  Alan Feinberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; USA 
Date of Recording: 07/1994 
Venue:  LeFrak Concert Hall, Queens College, NYC 
Length: 1 Minutes 29 Secs. 
2. Ain't Misbehavin' by Thomas "Fats" Waller
Performer:  Alan Feinberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929 
Date of Recording: 07/1994 
Venue:  LeFrak Concert Hall, Queens College, NYC 
Length: 2 Minutes 41 Secs. 
3. Solitude by Edward "Duke" Ellington
Performer:  Alan Feinberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; USA 
Date of Recording: 07/1994 
Venue:  LeFrak Concert Hall, Queens College, NYC 
Length: 3 Minutes 54 Secs. 
4. Mule-Walk Stomp by James P. Johnson
Performer:  Alan Feinberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 07/1994 
Venue:  LeFrak Concert Hall, Queens College, NYC 
Length: 2 Minutes 25 Secs. 
5. Tip-toes: That certain feeling by George Gershwin
Performer:  Alan Feinberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925; New York, USA 
Date of Recording: 07/1994 
Venue:  LeFrak Concert Hall, Queens College, NYC 
Length: 2 Minutes 25 Secs. 
6. Bamboula, RO 20/Op. 2 by Louis Moreau Gottschalk
Performer:  Alan Feinberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844-1845; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 07/1994 
Venue:  LeFrak Concert Hall, Queens College, NYC 
Length: 7 Minutes 47 Secs. 
7. Spring Fever by Rube Bloom
Performer:  Alan Feinberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; USA 
Date of Recording: 07/1994 
Venue:  LeFrak Concert Hall, Queens College, NYC 
Length: 3 Minutes 0 Secs. 
8. Two Woofs: Woof I by Henry Cowell
Performer:  Alan Feinberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930; USA 
Date of Recording: 07/1994 
Venue:  LeFrak Concert Hall, Queens College, NYC 
Length: 0 Minutes 44 Secs. 
9. Two Woofs: Woof II by Henry Cowell
Performer:  Alan Feinberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930; USA 
Date of Recording: 07/1994 
Venue:  LeFrak Concert Hall, Queens College, NYC 
Length: 0 Minutes 48 Secs. 
10. Study for Player Piano no 6 by Conlon Nancarrow
Performer:  Daniel Druckman (Marimba), Alan Feinberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1960; Mexico 
Date of Recording: 07/1994 
Venue:  LeFrak Concert Hall, Queens College, NYC 
Length: 4 Minutes 3 Secs. 
11. Oh, Kay!: Clap yo' hands by George Gershwin
Performer:  Alan Feinberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; USA 
Date of Recording: 07/1991 
Venue:  Barbirolli Hall, Chorleywood, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 42 Secs. 
12. Shall We Dance: Promenade "Walking the dog" by George Gershwin
Performer:  Alan Feinberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936-1937; USA 
Date of Recording: 07/1994 
Venue:  LeFrak Concert Hall, Queens College, NYC 
Length: 2 Minutes 48 Secs. 
13. Dusk in Sandi by Bud Powell
Performer:  Alan Feinberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 07/1994 
Venue:  LeFrak Concert Hall, Queens College, NYC 
Length: 2 Minutes 33 Secs. 
14. Silhouette by Rube Bloom
Performer:  Alan Feinberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927; USA 
Date of Recording: 07/1994 
Venue:  LeFrak Concert Hall, Queens College, NYC 
Length: 2 Minutes 47 Secs. 
15. Modern Piano Suite: Candlelights by Bix Beiderbecke
Performer:  Alan Feinberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930; USA 
Date of Recording: 07/1994 
Venue:  LeFrak Concert Hall, Queens College, NYC 
Length: 5 Minutes 29 Secs. 
16. Mamanita by F.J. "Jelly Roll" Morton
Performer:  Alan Feinberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 07/1994 
Venue:  LeFrak Concert Hall, Queens College, NYC 
Length: 2 Minutes 50 Secs. 
17. Magnetic Rag by Scott Joplin
Performer:  Alan Feinberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914; USA 
Date of Recording: 07/1994 
Venue:  LeFrak Concert Hall, Queens College, NYC 
Length: 5 Minutes 12 Secs. 
18. Porqué, eh? by Ignacio Cervantes
Performer:  Alan Feinberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875-1895; Cuba 
Date of Recording: 07/1994 
Venue:  LeFrak Concert Hall, Queens College, NYC 
Length: 1 Minutes 22 Secs. 
19. Columbia, RO 61/Op. 34 by Louis Moreau Gottschalk
Performer:  Alan Feinberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Antilles 
Date of Recording: 07/1994 
Venue:  LeFrak Concert Hall, Queens College, NYC 
Length: 5 Minutes 39 Secs. 
20. Lady, be Good: The man I love by George Gershwin
Performer:  Alan Feinberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; USA 
Date of Recording: 07/1991 
Venue:  Barbirolli Hall, Chorleywood, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 51 Secs. 
21. In Dahomey by Percy Aldridge Grainger
Performer:  Alan Feinberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903 
Date of Recording: 07/1994 
Venue:  LeFrak Concert Hall, Queens College, NYC 
Length: 4 Minutes 36 Secs. 
22. Squeeze me by Thomas "Fats" Waller
Performer:  Alan Feinberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 07/1994 
Venue:  LeFrak Concert Hall, Queens College, NYC 
Length: 2 Minutes 56 Secs. 
23. Kitten on the Keys by Zez Confrey
Performer:  Alan Feinberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1921; USA 
Date of Recording: 07/1994 
Venue:  LeFrak Concert Hall, Queens College, NYC 
Length: 2 Minutes 23 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 Disappointing August 25, 2012 By Judith R. (Bronxville, NY) See All My Reviews "I am quite disappointed with this CD. I found all the performances to be so uninspired that I couldn't stay focused on the music while the CD was playing....my mind kept wandering. I also found the acoustics to be poor as well. Not my best purchase." Report Abuse
 Great entertainment! August 23, 2012 By Henry Federman (Tillson , NY) See All My Reviews "Remind me of the good old days,music that you don't hear anymore, or very little. Alan Feinberg is a great entertainer and a fine pianist. The music is a pleasure to listen . I highly recommend it to every one, older people to go back to their youth and younger people to hear music the is rarely heard nowadays ." Report Abuse
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