James P. Johnson
World Broadcast Recordings 1944
Solo Art  SACD-175   Released: 03/20/2024


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My Fate Is In Your Hands

Blue Turning Grey Over You

Honeysuckle Rose

Keeping Out Of Mischief Now

Carolina Shout

Mostly known as the 'Father of the Stride Piano,' James P. Johnson transformed music during the Harlem Renaissance (c. 1918–37). Through his compositions and performance style, he altered ragtime into a more ambitious musical presentation, incorporating elements of early jazz. He wrote more than 250 pieces of music, composed (or co-composed) eleven musicals, and was featured on over 400 recordings.

Musicians today have an abundance of access to record and put out albums thanks to the high quality that can now be achieved in home recording studios. Fans of traditional jazz can and still do buy new recordings of contemporary bands who specialize in this style of playing from a century ago. However, what we die-hard lovers of classic jazz yearn for most are the new discoveries of old records from the great masters of the 1920s and 1930s. We will spend the money on a 10 disc box set of reissued recordings if it includes one or two never before heard alternate takes. Sure, we now have three or four duplicate copies of all the other tracks, but listening to find out whether Armstrong or Hines played anything different on the alternate is worth every penny! Fans of stride piano should brace themselves as GHB Records presents to you this set of 21 never before heard alternates of James P. Johnson's 1944 solo and duet sides.


  • James P. Johnson (p)
  • Eddie Dougherty (d)


  • My Fate Is In Your Hands
  • Ain't Misbehavin'
  • Blue Turning Grey Over You
  • I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter
  • Squeeze Me
  • Honeysuckle Rose
  • I've Got a Feeling I'm Falling
  • Honeysuckle Rose
  • Keeping Out of Mischief
  • My Fate Is In Your Hands (alt)
  • Blue Turning Grey Over You (alt)
  • Squeeze Me (alt)
  • I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself… (alt)
  • Ain't Misbehavin' (alt)
  • Snow Morning Blues
  • Carolina Shout
  • Keep Off The Grass
  • Old Fashioned Love
  • If I Could Be With You
  • Porter's Love Song To A Chamber Maid
  • Riffs
  • Carolina Shout (alt)
  • Old Fashioned Love (alt)

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