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Wild Side Blues

by Nathan Bello

20's @ 30's Southside Chicago @ New Orleans Blues
Genre: Blues: Piano Blues
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1. Aunt Hagar's Blues--arr. Art Tatum
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2. Carolina Shout--James P. Johnson
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3. Hyena Stomp--Jelly Roll Morton
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4. Down in Biloxi
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5. Wild Side Blues--Nathan Bello
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6. St. Louis Man
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7. Society Blues--Jimmy Blythe
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8. Gabe Face Blues
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9. Sugar Dew Blues--Jimmy Blythe
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10. Five O:Clock Stomp--Unknown
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11. Nut House Stomp--Unknown
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12. Can't Get Enough of That Stuff--C. Johnson
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13. Joe Turner--W.C.Handy
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14. Alley Rat Stomp
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15. Why Should I Grieve--Clarence Johnson
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16. Moonglow--Harold Arlen, arr. Nathan Bello
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17. Stormy Weather--Harold Arlen, arr. Art Tatum
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18. Dance With Me--Erroll Garner
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Album Notes
CD Progrm Notes:
By 1917, all major branches of Eastern Ragtime and New Orleans Jazz-including barrelhouse, boogie-woogie, and Blues
styles, were unified into one classic style known as Stride.
The early pioneers of ragtime could play at breakneck tempos; their rhythms were both streamlined and creative, and their harmonies were adventurous. Although stride typified the solo piano tradition, the style was short lived and foreshadowed the end of an era. In the 1930's, just as better recording methods replaced earlier ones, solo piano Jazz was to become unfashionable. The piano was reduced to timekeeper or accompanist in Jazz bands. Stride was replaced with more progressive Jazz piano styles, and eventually forgotten.

On "Wild Side Blues" you'll hear several transcriptions from
rare piano rolls which have only recently surfaced. The re-
discovery of the pieces on this CD are offered as a proud contribution to the great stride tradition....

Nathan Bello


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Luigi Ranalli

Great piano solos of the Blythe and Johnson masterpieces!!!
"Wild Side Blues" is a precious collection of great stride piano pieces composed by the best pianists of the Twenties. Nathan Bello's playing is powerful and exciting and he really does justice to this great music! The track list is a most interesting one, featuring very rare pieces by Jimmy Blythe and Clarence Johnson. It is in fact clear that Nathan has deeply studied the Capitol/Columbia piano rolls: his performances are absolutely astonishing, marvellous! His knowledge of the piano styles of the '20s is total!
"Wild Side Blues" is certainly a CD every ragtime/early jazz music lover MUST have.

Barbara Berg

This is piano playing like I've never heard it before . . . amazing!
Wild Side Blues is ragtime extraordinaire. Only thing better would be to hear it LIVE! The artistry on this CD is intriguing, both visual and aural. Particularly engaging for me is the infectious rhythm of Moonglow, as arranged by the artist himself. GO, NATHAN!!

Harrold Weston

Good music, excellent playing.
High quality sound with awesome playing. I've never heard these songs played so well. Most impressive to me are the tatum transcriptions. Would highly recommend to any pianist.

M. Reynolds

Playing of a quality and style of days gone by.
Not since the days of player pianos have these songs been heard, and never played better than this. Nathan derived many of the cuts by transcribing the scores from old rolls. Then he added compositions of his own that match the style and ability of these masters of rag and blues. This is truly and unusual and exciting creation!

Greg T.

Great sound quality, great playing.
Many years ago when our library had vinyl I used to check out records of JP Johnson, Willie the Lion Smith, Art Tatum, and others from the 30's and 40's. Those guys had great styles and could really play, but I was always turned off by the sound quality of the recordings.

Now Nathan Bello has recorded some of that great timeless music, and not only does he have the chops to do it justice, but the recordings are truly ear friendly. Whatever they did to mix and master really worked. I am really enjoying this cd.


outstanding musical talent
As a musician myself this CD was totally overwellming his style and musical expressions are just fantastic look forward to more CD's from Nathan Bello keep on ticklin those ivorys it is a real pleasure to listen to his music!!!!

Bart Thrall

Every muscian - piano player - should hear this. Keeping alive the tradition
Mr Bello, a seeker of antique knowledge, is on the road to discovery. He finds this forgotten style of playing and it captivates him. "Man, how did thse guys play that stuff." So for years he practices and digs up old songs. Finally he is good enough and he can put them all down on tape. Curious? Yep, it is all here. I am glad he did it for us.