1999, March / Hadda Brooks
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After hearing "Swinging the Boogie" on my local PBS station, I had to find out the name of the amazing pianist who played the piece. After a long search to find the name artist, I quickly ordered this double CD set from Amazon. After listening to both, I was astonished that I had never before heard of this talented artist. It boggles the mind how fast her fingers move on the piano. The CD's are lively and great for a long drive or to keep your energy level up at home. Just two songs, "Swinging the Boogie" and her jazzy rendition of "Rhapsody in Blue" are well worth the purchase price. The instrumental CD is my favorite as her vocals are not as strong as her astounding skills at the piano.
I continue to be surprised that this lady never achieved the great popularity her musicianship deserved even despite performing with the likes of Louis Armstrong. This set is definitely recommended for any fan of swing, ragtime, jump blues, or honky-tonk piano.
By J. Wingard