Boogie-woogie was a piano style that began sometime in the early 20th century — and, by the 1930s, became a huge pop-music fad. Rock historian Ed Ward explains how the genre re-emerged in country music after WWII, when it was an important precursor to rock 'n' roll.
The pianist says it's not getting any easier for him to perform unaccompanied — that it's both liberating and incredibly risky. But he says his new improvised solo recording, made in Brazil, is one of the best he's ever made.
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