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FS: New A-rolls by John Farrell
By Bob Billings

Following the enthusiastic reception of their first two A-rolls, John
Farrell and Bob Billings have released two more featuring a variety of
jazz stylings including James P. Johnson, Fats Waller, Jimmy Blythe
and a host of others.  Quite a number of the tunes are John's faithful
transcriptions of the original recordings

The rolls are priced at $65 each plus $10 postage to US addresses;
for mailing charges to other countries please contact Bob for shipping
rates.  Europeans can pay John in pounds or euros if they wish.  We also
accept payment by PayPal and Western Union.  Order from John (European)
at or Bob (US) at (or
via snail mail at 14010 Rim Rock Drive, Reno NV 89521, USA).  Payment
in advance, please.

If you are on-line let us know your email address and we will send
future offerings by email.

Bob Billings
Reno, Nevada

June 2006 -- Here are the details of our latest releases :

Roll A-3

1. Handful of Keys - John's transcription of Fats Waller's famous

2. Baby Face - Adapted from Vee Lawnhurst's Welte roll, regarded as one
of her hottest performances.

3. Wildcat Blues - John's arrangement of this snappy Fats Waller tune.

4. Way Down Yonder in New Orleans - Adapted from J. Lawrence Cook's
swinging masterpiece.

5. Wedding of the Painted Doll - John's attractive arrangement in the
Vee Lawnhurst/Pauline Alpert style.

6. Shout, Sister, Shout - This one will give your instrument a real
workout, make sure that your seat belt is fastened!

7. Brown Skin Mama - Adapted from a Jimmy Blythe roll, it is one of the
best Southside Chicago blues performances he ever did during his short

8. Eccentric - John's transcription of a Ralph Sutton recording. In his
day Sutton was the greatest stride piano player in the world, this
performance illustrates just how gifted he was.

9. Atlanta Blues - John's transcription of a Cliff Jackson recording
(Jackson had one of the best left hands in the business).

Roll A-4

1. Cushion Foot Stomp - John's arrangement of a Clarence Williams
swinger beloved by jazz bands..

2. Original E-flat Blues - John's transcription of Fats Waller's
beautiful 1935 recording.

3. Fast Stuff Blues - A Jimmy Blythe Southside blues number adapted
from his piano roll.

4. Creole Belles - John's arrangement of this stomping ragtime-tinged

5. Harlem Hotcha - A fast stride piano piece which John transcribed
from the James P. Johnson recording.

6. Canadian Capers - An ever-popular novelty finger twister, this one
is transcribed from the Joe "Fingers" Carr recording.

7. Hungarian Rag - Another of John's arrangements in which you will
hear some irreverent nods towards Brahms' Hungarian Rhapsody.

8. The Curse of an Aching Heart - Ralph Sutton again at the top of his
form, attacking the keyboard as only he could.

9. I Got Rhythm - Possibly George Gershwin's most famous composition,
this is John's transcription of a Hank Duncan recording (Hank often
appeared as intermission pianist for Fats Waller).

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