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Old 02-05-2011, 08:51 AM   #41 (permalink)
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I don't know if I said this before, but I really like Art Tatum. He was such a virtuosic pianist, playing his own jazzy renditions of everything from classical to showtunes. He was revered by all the great jazz pianists and even classical pianists like Vladimir Horowitz.



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Old 02-05-2011, 10:20 AM   #42 (permalink)
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i like this blind guy called Marcus Roberts who does really good interpretations of Monk, Jelly Roll Morton and the Duke

his own compositions are quite good as well
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Old 02-05-2011, 03:24 PM   #43 (permalink)
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i like this blind guy called Marcus Roberts who does really good interpretations of Monk, Jelly Roll Morton and the Duke

his own compositions are quite good as well
I don't know what it is with visual impairement and keyboardists. I myself am visually impaired and play the keyboard, but I know of at least 5 professional pianists who are blind or have vision problems.

- Stevie Wonder
- "Blind" Boone (Old-time jazz pianist)
- Ray Charles
- Marcus Roberts
- Milton Little
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Old 02-20-2011, 10:11 AM   #44 (permalink)
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For me Art Tatum just bowled me over when I 1st heard him when I was very young. My older Bro played me some old 78s of his and it floored me. He still does. His technique & sense of re-harmonizing songs was astounding. Errol Garner was another one who was quite a unique pianist.
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Old 02-20-2011, 10:44 AM   #45 (permalink)
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Red Garland is pretty groovy.



The Thelonious Monk tune Well, You Needn't from Monk's Music is one of my favorites of his, at about the 2:20 mark in the song you hear Monk shout out "Coltrane, Coltrane", this was recorded when John Coltrane was still on heroin and he had nodded out for a bit when he heard his name he woke up and played a great solo.

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Herbie Han**** might be worth a try.
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Old 02-21-2011, 11:27 AM   #47 (permalink)
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For something older, unique and just very cool check out cornetist Bix Beiderbecke's piano solo/composition of "In a Mist" (YouTube it as I can't post urls quite yet)

It is from the late 1920's and pretty far ahead of it's time harmonically
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For something older, unique and just very cool check out cornetist Bix Beiderbecke's piano solo/composition of "In a Mist" (YouTube it as I can't post urls quite yet)

It is from the late 1920's and pretty far ahead of it's time harmonically
That is pretty good. Honestly, I don't think I even knew that Bix played piano, always thought of him as strictly a horn guy.
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All great pianists mentioned here. I'd like to add a favorite of mine, Erroll Garner. He has a really distinct style and always uses the entire piano. I love all his ballads but his most known album is probably "Concert By the Sea".

His most famous composition "Misty":
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Old 02-22-2011, 09:54 AM   #50 (permalink)
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@Janszoon-yea... he was an amazing cornetist as you know. Died too way young

Great Errol clip Manny. He made it look so effortless
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