Project Boogie is a collection of improvs done in the MLJ Music studio. They evolved by taking a simple groove or idea and developing it. If the overall feel of the track merited it being a keeper, it was left in even if there were some rough spots. This is the essence of Boogie Woogie as done by the pioneers; Ammons, Lewis, Yancey, Johnson, not always pretty, but raw and powerful; the songs worked and each one had its own quality. This is the reason I prefer not to punch in to cover mistakes or to make a "perfect" album. I strongly believe that excessive post-production is not in the spirit of traditional Boogie Woogie.
Cover and Back Cover Photos: To go with the theme of "Project Boogie", I found these photos on the Smithsonian website. They date from the 1940's. The ladies are working in a factory taking apart pianos for the metal, which was to be used in airplane engines for the war effort.
I've got Project Boogie, not the first of Jon Sarta's CDs and I hope,not the last one. I put it into my player, sat down, closed my eyes -
and guess, what I had in mind: I saw Meade Lux Lewis, Albert Ammons,Pete Johnson, Otis Spann and all the other great pianists. For me, Jon Sarta is a real torchbearer of the Boogie. He's a unique pianoman and I know, that my listeners like his music too. I'm very glad, that I have
the opportunity, to present his music here on ok:radio Bremerhaven/Germany.
Jon hails from Ridgewood, New Jersey. He studied classical music in high school, then at Farley Dickinson University and Berklee College of Music in Boston. Now living in Florida, he can be heard performing at the Crowne Plaza hotel at Orlando airport as well as at Walt Disney World, which doesn’t prevent him from providing several local parishes with music. On the lay side, Jon has roughly released one boogie woogie album a year since 2003. Out of the 14 tracks (all self-penned) of the album, there are four slower ones, among them “Special for Yancey”. Among the others, all rooted in the tradition of masters of the style, the Ammons, Yancey or Johnson, because they were cut in the right mood without overproduction, you’ll get the choice between....... As regards the cover photo, it comes from 1943 files : (dis)assembly line workers are separating ivory keys from metallic parts of a piano keyboard to save the metal for plane engines (that was in the heart of WWII). Highly recommended to fans of Jerry Lee Lewis piano style.
Bernard Boyat for Cri du Coyote N°102 Magazine- France