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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.
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|Walter Bishop Jr.
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|Walter Davis Jr.
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