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#115 Piano Players - part I


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The piano is the near universal instrument in jazz. Arguably there are few, albeit prominent instances where the piano is not an integral part of the jazz ensemble, small or large. On a piano you can envision all parts of a jazz composition, arrangement, and improvisation. If you're careful;, you can even handle the percussion parts as well. Piano players have had a tremendous impact on jazz throughout its history and today continue to exert a unique influence on this rich idiom. Ben Sidran, himself a pianist, penned and recorded a great tribute to piano players. During this and the next few episodes we will listen to a performance by each one of these artist that Ben so fondly acknowledged.

Artist Track Album
Ben Sidran Piano Players Old Songs For The New Depression
George Shearing Bud's Tune George Shearing & The Montgomery Brothers
Freddie Redd Melanie Shades of Redd
Sonny Clark Lover Cool Struttin'
Bud Powell Gettin' There The Scene Changes
Walter Bishop Jr. Keiko's Samba Speak Low Again
Walter Norris Falling In Love With Love Stepping On Cracks
Walter Davis Jr. Sweetness Davis Cup
Wynton Kelly On Green Dolphin Street Kelly Blue