BILLY MAYERL (1902-1959): Volume 2 - Look Lively, Evening Primrose, Hollyhock: A Syncopated Impression, Op. 80, Mistletoe, from Piano Exaggerations: Loose Elbows and Sleepy Piano, All-of-a-Twist from Pianolettes, Railroad Rhythm, Shy Ballerina, The Errant Errand Boy, Parade of the Sandwich-Board Men: A Novelty in Syncopation, Romanesque, Robots, Op. 81, 3 Dances in Syncopation, Op. 73, 3 Miniatures in Syncopation, Op. 76, Bats in the Belfry, Waltz for a Lonely Heart, The Legends of King Arthur: 6 Impressions, Op. 64.
Catalogue Number: 09L106
Label: Dutton Epoch
Reference: CDLX 7229
Description: Over half of this recording gives us earlier Mayerl, in the jazzy/dance-band idiom of his pre-World War II music with the notable anomaly of the 1929 Arthur Legends - a six-movement suite whose seriousness of purpose and of style are worthy of his later compositions. Light piano music" at its best - a genre Mayerl practically invented. Leslie De'Ath (piano).