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Tiny Parham & The Blues Singers 1926 - 1928
DOCD-5341 Tiny Paraham & The Blues Singers (1926-1928) Genres: Male & Female vocal with piano and or bands, Blues, Jazz Informative booklet notes by Reide Kaiser. Detailed discography. Document Records, in collecting together these performances, have revealed another side to Parham, that of the accompanist. These are also a record of his piano style, although of course they were never so intended. The singers backed by Parham needed a sensitive, restrained accompanist to support them and add to their performances. In this context virtuosity is a mixed blessing; a pianist who wishes to do a solo turn will not be in great demand. Besides being entertaining in themselves, these recordings allow us to glean quite a bit about Parham the musician. He demonstrates a sensitivity to the blues particular to Midwestern pianism (with traces of the eight-to-the-bar rolling basses), a knowledge of white novelty piano (manifested by an oft-repeated figuration of fourths), and the broken tenths typical of much black piano playing. There is an overriding impression of classical training. Parham also has impeccable timing.



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