Nouveau Stride | Fourteen (feat. Lorraine Feather & Stephanie Trick)

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Fourteen (feat. Lorraine Feather & Stephanie Trick)

by Nouveau Stride

Harlem stride piano of the 1920s and '30s, which is a virtuosic and swinging style of two-handed piano playing, with wildly original added lyrics by Lorraine Feather. Album artwork and lyrics available at nouveaustride.com.
Genre: Jazz: Stride
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2. Bat Boogie
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3. New York City Drag
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4. Rules of the Park
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5. Vive Le Boogie Woogie
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6. Dreamily
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7. Let's Do This
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8. Pretzel Man (the Contortionist)
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9. Imaginary Guy
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10. Carolina Shout
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11. The Tango Lesson
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13. Timeless Rag
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14. California Street
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Lyricist/vocalist (and 2011 Grammy nominee) Lorraine Feather has won raves for her lyrical treatments of stride piano compositions; St. Louis phenomenon Stephanie Trick performs electrifying renditions of these jazz classics. Their show features music by Fats Waller, James P. Johnson, Duke Ellington, and more.

Russell Davies of BBC said, "Whenever stride is mentioned, somebody wants to know exactly what it is, [Nouveau Stride] is the best explanation that's recently emerged ... with Lorraine Feather, one of the niftiest lyricists and most gymnastic singers of our age ... and the seventeen fingers of Stephanie Trick!"

And allaboutjazz.com's Carl Hager wrote, "In a duo aptly dubbed Nouveau Stride, the Grammy-nominated lyricist/singer and her petite musical partner are busy reintroducing the very roots of jazz to the 21st Century--a hiply feminine, modernized version of the explosive energy first brought to us by those ham-fingered men who brightened the darkest days of the Great Depression."


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Nick Mondello

Five Stars (and perhaps a small Gramophone?) for these Sisters in Stride!
It long disappeared from memory the name of the person who said: “There’s technical virtuosity and then there’s musical brilliance - the love-child of virtuosity and things heart.” If that sage stumbled upon Fourteen, a superb collaborative effort resulting from the teaming of stride pianist, Stephanie Trick and Grammy-nominated vocalist/lyricist, Lorraine Feather, that wit would have the spawn in their hands.

The stride-barrelhouse piano style reached its zenith via the works and performances of players like James P. Johnson, Fats Waller, Willie “The Lion” Smith and, in an earlier time, Jelly Roll Morton and Scott Joplin. Requiring massive technical proficiency to cover the frantic, hyper-syncopated melodies, hop-scotching accompaniments and ungodly hand independence, the music of those greats – some of which is provided here - is pure tightrope excitement and unadulterated fun. Adding visual dimension to their music, these gentlemen were characteristically larger-than-lifers adorned in Derbys with fat stogies plugged into their grinning mouths – with a diamond adding garish sparkle to the smile of one.

The classically-trained Ms. Trick, sans accessories other than enormous talent and 88 conspirators, performs spectacularly with boundless energy, fun-loving flair and monstrous technical savvy. Her performance is a knockout. She digs her fingers into the earthy material and lets blacks-and-whites fly with abandon. Her more-than-willing partner, Lorraine Feather, is equally up for the task both as vocalist and lyricist. Feather is a rock-solid word champ who with gymnastic voice, elegance and razor finesse nails her originally composed lines – no cakewalk given the keyboard’s escapades – to seal the deal. Together this team, nouveau or not, pulls off a bravura coup d’ femme. They’re killers of the sweetest and most entertaining kind.

Fourteen is a joy - a wondrous display of talent, energy and good times served up in abundance. If they were around, the men in the Derbys would probably pull hands off keys, yank cigars out of mouths, offer an “I’ll be damned” and heartily applaud these perfectly-paired brilliant diamonds.