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Joseph Horowitz
The New York Times, July 2001

"Eteri Andjaparidze nails the keyboard miniatures of Zez Confrey... You'll recognize Confrey's 'Kitten on the Keys' (1921) from dozens of frantic silent-comedy soundtracks, but you will never have heard it played with such fluent panache. In Confrey's high-velocity 'Dizzy Fingers' (1923), Ms. Andjaparidze demonstrates what happens when a cultivated Russian-trained virtuoso connects with an American original once dubbed 'The People's Paderewski.' (Ms. Andjaparidze is a graduate of the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, where pianists gravitate to jazz.)"



Lawrence A. Johnson
Fanfare, August 2000

"Andjaparidze brings some poetry tot the final bars of [Three Little Odditiies], and is most impressive in the rapt Romanza, playing with gentle delicacy in the Novelette."



Audiophile Audition, April 2000

"Known for his Kitten on the Keys and a raft of other jazzy parlor-piano pieces back in the Jazz Age, Confrey was a precocious virtuoso who became a musical star for decades. Some of his pieces sound terribly difficult but they were actually not so difficult to master and therefore very popular for ripping off on the piano found in many homes at the time. The 24 selections here (from a pianist who evidently could only muster one z in his name instead of two) include his big hit plus another hit, Dizzy Fingers, an African Suite, another suite called Moods of a New Yorker, and a later far-out ditty from the year he died, Fourth Dimension. Great ivory-ticklin' fun that shouldn't be forgotten as part of our American musical heritage."



Jim Aikin
Keyboard, April 2000

"Best known for his 1921 novelty hit 'Kitten on the Keys,' Confrey was a virtuoso pop pianist who delighted in dazzling his audiences with fluent figurations and lightning licks. Most of the titles on this gem of a CD are from the Roaring Twenties, and owe more to ragtime and traditional romantic repertoire than to jazz. Fun stuff, and Anjaparidze's touch is whimsical, yet rock solid."



Richard Dyer
The Boston Globe, March 2000

"Eteri Andjaparidze's disc of Confrey's piano music in Naxos's American Classics series was nominated for a Grammy, and it's a lot of fun - and Andjaparidze is a phenomenal pianist. Confrey's idiom is thoroughly American. Andjaparidze was born in Soviet Georgia- her father was a famous Bolshoi Opera tenor. She performs 'Kitten on the Keys' in a virtuoso style, playing with pianistic light and shadow, and pouncing on amusing nuances."



Allan Ulrich
San Francisco Examiner, February 2000

"The composer of 'Kitten on the Keys' and 'Dizzy Fingers,' Confrey strides the line between classical and popular music.

"But these pieces are not for the casual interpreter. Andjaparidze, a native of the former Soviet republic of Georgia, who is now a New York resident, leaps technical hurdles, while delivering much of the insouciance of the material. The recording, made in Santa Rosa, is good. At $6 a pop, it's hard to go wrong."






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