Sunday, January 17, 2010

Great Jazz Pianists

Go ahead, try saying the title without laughing, I dare you.

As promised, here is a post about some of my favourite jazz pianists; some old, some new.

Let the monster post begin.

Bill Evans

Bill Evans was one of the most important jazz pianists of the 20th century, influencing many a great musicians. Unfortunately, he is mostly just known for being "that white dude" that played on the Miles Davis album, Kind Of Blue. However, his fantastic playing is showcased even better in his solo career. Add to that two duet albums he did with guitarist Jim Hall, and you have a winner.

Undercurrent w/ Jim Hall
Intermodulation w/ Jim Hall

Thelonious Monk

If you don't know the name Thelonious Monk then you probably have never read anything about jazz before. Mr Monk is regarded as one of the greatest jazz musicians ever and is often credited as one of the founders of bebop. I think it's safe to say that he's kinda influential. His style is often dissonant and angular, with dramatic use of silence and pauses. Plus sometimes he would stop playing altogether and get up and dance. Hip cat.

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