stride piano

noun

Definition of stride piano

: a style of jazz piano playing in which the right hand plays the melody while the left hand alternates between a single note and a chord played an octave or more higher

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Recent Examples on the Web Meanwhile, Tyner added rhythmic propulsion with his thumping left hand, creating something like a cubist rendition of 1920s stride piano. David A. Graham, The Atlantic, "The Jazz Great Behind One of the Most Famous Pairings in Music History," 10 Mar. 2020 The stride piano playing, ensemble group playing, and intensely energetic and complex dance-music culture that blossomed in the clubs in Harlem went on to shape music-making around the world. John Adamian, courant.com, "Harlem 100, celebrating 1920s explosion of creativity, coming to Jorgensen," 18 Oct. 2019 For his part, Fortner smoothly interjected a few bars of stride piano and some Thelonious Monk-like abstractions. Dan Emerson, Twin Cities, "Cecile McLorin Salvant gives a nimble performance at the Dakota," 19 June 2019 In mid-career performances like Silent Tongues, a glimmer of Fats Waller–style stride piano will occasionally shine through, then fade, grinning, back into the foment of the music. David A. Graham, The Atlantic, "The Deceptively Accessible Music of Cecil Taylor," 10 Apr. 2018 And Oscar had one foot steeped in the pre-1940s stride piano tradition, and the other in bebop and swing. George Varga, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Oscar Peterson and Ray Brown, two giants of jazz, to be saluted at concert by musical disciples," 17 Feb. 2018 For his part, Fortner smoothly interjected a few bars of stride piano and some Thelonious Monk-like abstractions. Dan Emerson, Twin Cities, "Cecile McLorin Salvant gives a nimble performance at the Dakota," 19 June 2019 But its title track, combining stride piano, strings and an evocative lyric, displays a subtlety Dr. John wouldn’t fully commit to again. Morgan Enos, Billboard, "R.I.P. Dr. John: 10 Essential Cuts from the Soul, Funk and Boogie Woogie Great," 7 June 2019 In mid-career performances like Silent Tongues, a glimmer of Fats Waller–style stride piano will occasionally shine through, then fade, grinning, back into the foment of the music. David A. Graham, The Atlantic, "The Deceptively Accessible Music of Cecil Taylor," 10 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of stride piano

1952, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for stride piano

from stride bass left hand part consisting of large skips

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“Stride piano.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stride%20piano. Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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