The Hot Box #096 - The Maybeck Recitals

The 96th edition of The Hot Box!

This an all-piano affair that marks the re-release (on Spotify) of all 42 albums recorded in the 90’s, of the solo piano recitals branded as The Maybeck Recitals. Recorded by the independent Concord Jazz label, they present a who’s who of jazz pianists of the last decade of the last century. The real biggies aren’t there - the Herbie Hancocks, the Oscar Petersons - perhaps Concord couldn’t afford their fees - but taken overall the recordings represent a diversity of brilliance. From stride to modernism.

In this edition we sample 9 of the players, from JoAnne Brackeen to Jim McNeely, and have cause to celebrate the amazing acoustics of the hall itself - lined with rosewood panels and an audience of only 50 - and the Yamaha grand piano at its centre. If the very best piano music is your bag, tune in to The Hot Box.

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Track list for The Hot Box #096 - The Maybeck Recitals

  1. Lu’s Blues: Gene Harris
  2. Well You Needn’t: Kenny Barron

  3. The Serpent: Monty Alexander

  4. Curved Space: JoAnne Brackeen

  5. Honeysuckle Rose: Ralph Sutton

  6. The Duke: Marian McPartland

  7. It’s right with Me: Ted Rosenthal

  8. I Guess I’llHave to Change My Plan: Hank Jones

  9. There ill Never Be another You: Jim McNeely 


Donald Helme
Author: Donald Helme
Donald presented Jazz Alley, Ireland’s number one jazz show, on RTE Lyric FM from the station’s first week on air until the end of 2015. “I am not a musician, and have never pretended to be anything other than a lifetime fan with loads of experience and hopefully, good ears.”
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