Dave Ratcliffe Piano
Highlight of the Month
Mary Lou Williams’ composition, Hesitation Boogie
was recorded by her Trio in 1946. A transcription of this recording is now published in Transcriptions
. In her The History of Jazz
album (1978), she describes this style of playing in the Kansas City Swing era:
During this great swing period a pianist had to have two strong hands. Especially a good swinging left hand to compete as a top pianist. During this period boogie woogie was also very popular. I was never considered a top boogie woogie pianist but was trained to play all styles.