John Gallup Posted February 8, 2022 Share Posted February 8, 2022 This record isn't new by any means; the liner notes are dated June 1987, and Hodes himself died in '93. But I've loved stride piano and his music since I heard him on "A Prairie Home Companion" many years ago. There's something about the ability of pianists to play radically different rhythms with each hand that really appeals to me, a rhythmically challenged person. This album of traditional songs is solo piano, which some would argue isn't "jazz" at all because there is no interplay between musicians, but for me this can all happen with one player, particularly one whose left hand is so metronomically perfect that you could regulate your watch by it while his right hand is varying melody and rhythm in wonderful ways. I've bought a bunch of Hodes' stuff on CD and then vinyl, and the recording quality varies; one favorite record drove me nuts thinking my turntable was wowing and fluttering excessively—until I realized it was (probably) the original or some intermediate tape recorder because other tracks on the record were fine. Not all the available recordings are top quality, but "Blues in the Night" really sounds superb to me. It isn't on Tidal, so far as I can tell, but this one is, and it's full of wonders: Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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