On The Coast - 1945-47 and 1952
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Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (a city that also saw the birth of another jazz piano great, Erroll Garner) Michael "Dodo" Marmarosa (1925-2002) counted among the most creative pianists of his generation, with a style that combined swing and bebop with innovative harmonies similar to those that characterized the playing of Lennie Tristano. Now mostly forgotten, Marmarosa played and recorded with such masters as Tommy Dorsey, Gene Krupa, Artie Shaw, Charlie Parker, Howard MacGhee, and Lester Young.
This new 2CD Uptown label set, however, showcases him mostly in quartet (with Lucky Thompson on tenor sax), trio, and even solo formats. CD1 comprises various rarely head broadcasts, while CD2 is devoted to rare studio sides made for such obscure labels as Atomic and Down Beat.
Sound quality is adequate for the period, and Marmarosa is heard at the full of his capacities. The CD comes accompanied with an outstanding 40-page booklet, full of information and rare photos.