Some VERY silly cats, and great jazz piano

Oh my, this is is a keeper!

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The music is Honky Tonk Train Blues by Meade Lux Lewis from the Smithsonian Collection of Jazz Piano volume 1. And, here's another great version, featuring Keith Emerson and the incomparable Oscar Peterson, from "Oscar Peterson's Piano Party, 1976".

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More about the composition is here. Snippet:~~The history of Honky Tonk Train is a microcosm of the history of boogie woogie piano. It was originally recorded the year before the recording of Pinetop's Boogie Woogie. This original recording sparked the interest of John Hammond in boogie woogie. Hammond sought Meade Lux Lewis for years, and finally found him working in a car wash. Hammond put Lewis in Carnegie Hall (with Ammons and Johnson) for the Sprituals to Swing concerts of '38 and '39. Lewis performed Honky Tonk Train at both of these concerts, and these concerts led to the boogie woogie craze of the 1940's.~~

More about Meade Lux Lewis is here. Snippets:
~~Meade Anderson "Lux" Lewis (September 3, 1905 – June 7, 1964) Lewis was born in Chicago, Illinois in September 1905~~A 1927 rendition of "Honky Tonk Train Blues" on the Paramount Records label marked his recording debut. He remade it for Parlophone in 1935 and for Victor in 1937, but it was his performance at John Hammond's historic From Spirituals to Swing concert at Carnegie Hall, in 1938 that brought Lewis lasting fame. Following the celebrated event, Lewis and two other performers from that concert, Albert Ammons and Pete Johnson often appeared as a trio and became the leading boogie-woogie pianists of the day. They performed an extended engagement at CafĂ© Society, toured as a trio, and inspired the formation of Blue Note Records in 1939.~~

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