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Alone At the Piano


Download links and information about Alone At the Piano by Charles Brown. This album was released in 2004 and it belongs to Blues genres. It contains 13 tracks with total duration of 39:50 minutes.

Artist: Charles Brown
Release date: 2004
Genre: Blues
Tracks: 13
Duration: 39:50
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No. Title Length
1. Moonrise 3:08
2. Gloria 2:03
3. I'll Miss You 2:00
4. Get Yourself Another Fool 3:16
5. I Lost Everything 2:56
6. All My Life 3:28
7. I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good) 5:27
8. Is You Is or Is You Ain't (My Baby) 2:48
9. Sweet Slumber 3:22
10. Black Nite 2:26
11. Cottage for Sale 3:05
12. Drifting Blues 2:59
13. So Long 2:52



As one of the finest and most distinctive artists in West Coast blues, Charles Brown was always best served by performing with a small ensemble that complemented his low-key artistry rather than drowning it out, and this disc takes that notion and extends it to its logical conclusion by serving up Brown all by his lonesome, with no band to get in the way. Alone at the Piano was compiled from several sessions recorded for radio broadcasts and featuring Brown performing old standards (and a few familiar numbers from his repertoire) solo, with just his piano for accompaniment. While the fidelity of these recordings is variable (never bad, but sometimes not as good as you'd wish) and the one-take-live performances contain a few minor flubs, for the most part this disc is a collection of successful experiments; these sessions capture Brown as a jazz-accented balladeer (not a great stretch from his usual style, but this is notably less of a purist's blues set than one usually hears from Brown), and his takes on vintage chestnuts like "Cottage for Sale" and "Get Yourself Another Fool" are a joy to hear. The delicacy of these performances also allows Brown's vocals to curl around the melodies with a supple grace, and his piano work adds just the right amount of flourish to the tunes; if these aren't necessarily the definitive interpretations of these songs, at the very least they allow one to appreciate the nooks and crannies of his style without the often ill-advised accompaniment of the pickup bands that usually backed him prior to his creative rebirth with One More for the Road. A treasure for fans, and a treat for anyone who loves a great song well sung.