Pianist Wally Rose was the original piano player in Lu Watters
Yerba Buena Jazz Band, the band that started the Traditional
Jazz revival of the 1940s and '50s. Rose also played with
Bob Scobey in 1950-51, Turk Murphy in 1952-54 and spent many
years as soloist in San Francisco. In 1953 Rose recorded two
influential solo LPs: Ragtime Classics and Ragtime
Piano Masterpieces. Rose remained active throughout the
'70s and '80s. Whippin' The Keys was recorded at two
sessions; 1968 and 1971. The twenty ragtime selections were
originally issued on two Blackbird LPs (Rose on Piano,
Blackbird 12007 and Whippin' The Keys, Blackbird 12010).
They are reissued here for the first time.
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