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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.
|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|