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CD Review: Arden and Ohman Duo-Pianists
By Robbie Rhodes

Victor Arden and Phil Ohman are well-known names on piano rolls, and they also performed as a two-piano team in the Gershwin shows and on record.  As entertaining as their piano rolls, this new CD has 25 of their old audio recordings, from the 1921 ditty "I've Got The Wonder Where He Went And When He's Coming Back Blues (introducing Cry Baby Blues)" to "No Strings" of 1935.

From the album notes: 'In summing up their career, the critic Gay Stevens wrote:  "There is not a piano player in the land who, after hearing Ohman and Arden interpret a piece of jazz music on their two pianos, has not wanted to throw his piano out of the window.  The keyboard magic of this duo-team has been the inspiration and despair of every real American youngster who sedulously practiced his Czerny with a secret desire to win excited gasps of admiration from the fair young things in his circle by his jazz piano playing."'

    "Keyboard Wizards III -- Arden and Ohman"
    Pearl Records, GEMM CD 9203
    Produced by Artic Wodehouse

Price $18.50; available by mail from Worlds Records, P.O. Box 1922, Novato CA 94948; tel 415-898-1609, fax 415-898-6348.

(Message sent Mon 16 Dec 1996, 00:26:04 GMT, from time zone GMT-0800.)

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