Grant Simpson | Stride and True

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Stride and True

by Grant Simpson

Stride Piano is the music from the Roaring 20's to the sounds of swing
Genre: Jazz: Ragtime
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  Song Share Time Download
1. If I Could Be With You One Hour
3:56 $0.99
2. Dollar Dance
2:26 $0.99
3. Load of Cole
1:32 $0.99
4. You Can't Loose a Broken Heart
3:17 $0.99
5. On the Street Where You Live
3:28 $0.99
6. So Beautiful Like You
4:11 $0.99
7. Stridin' for HJ
2:30 $0.99
8. The Pearls
4:33 $0.99
9. Just as Though You Were Here
3:28 $0.99
10. How Can You Face Me?
3:30 $0.99
11. Viper's Drag
4:52 $0.99
12. Love of My Life
3:05 $0.99
13. Just Before Daybreak
3:34 $0.99
14. Echo of Spring
3:16 $0.99
15. The Mule Walk
2:02 $0.99
16. Whitehorse Blues
3:25 $0.99
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Album Notes
The dynamism and exhilaration that defines solo jazz piano began with the great stride piano masters of the 20s and 30s. These innovators, such as Thomas 'Fats' Waller, James P. Johnson and Willie "The Lion" Smith, pioneered a style and shaped an era that was, and continues to be, the most comprehensive and joyful jazz piano style in history . . . the style known as Stride Piano.

As a teenager, Grant Simpson heard a recording of "Fats" Waller and was immediately captivated and inspired. He enrolled in traditional music lessons and amidst a conventional study of the classics, began "picking out" sections of the Fats Waller and James P Johnson recordings by ear.
Grant's initial excitement and enthusiasm for the stride style has developed and flourished throughout his professional career and remains the focus of his creativity and performance.

From the great standards of eras-gone-by to his unique execution Stride Piano Classics, one thing is for certain . . . an evening spent with Grant Simpson at the piano ensures that your audience will experience the art of stride and the excitement of tradition.

During the past 25 years, Grant has performed in hundreds of diverse venues throughout the world including Korea, throughout the Caribbean, United States and Canada. He has appeared as a featured artist at many concerts and festivals including The Vancouver Dixieland Festival, Hermann's Jazz Club, on the MS Oosterdam, Montreal's Queen Elizabeth Hotel and many more. He has been a featured artist on CBC's famed Jazz Program "Hot Air" and has recently released a new Solo CD called "Stride and True"

Grant performs as a soloist, in various duos and trios or with his own traditional jazz band "New Orleans North"

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theo bollerman

is a good addition to the collection of great stride pianists
This CD is a clear demonstration, that stride piano is still alive. With great enthousiasm Simpson performs also his own compositions. A valuable addition to any collection.

Bram Leferink

A great timeless approach of stride.
Grant Simpson plays clear and bright stride. His technique is very good but also understandable. There should be more pianists like Grant Simpson playing and developing stride piano.