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#1141564 - 10/06/07 09:51 PM What are your favorite piano albums ?
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I'm wondering what some of your favorite piano albums are.

I'm tempted to limit this to solo piano albums, but I think that would be a bit too restrictive. After all, I'm just looking for more good listening ideas \:\)

Currently the albums I'm listening to the most are:

Keith Jarrett - The Melody at Night with You
Chick Corea - Expressions
Herbie Hancock - The Piano
Bill Evans - Alone
Bill Evans - Alone Again
Bill Evans - Solo Sessions Vol. 1
Dave Brubeck - One Alone Solo Piano
Keith Jarrett - Live at Carnegie Hall

I've been listening to a fair amount of Diana Krall lately also, but she doesn't seem to fit the bill of a "piano" album.
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#1141565 - 10/06/07 10:24 PM Re: What are your favorite piano albums ?
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Marcia Ball - I have several but my favorite is called either Marcia Ball (period) or Blue House. It's New Orleans honky tonk and blues - her band includes sax, bass, drums, and guitar, so it's not solo piano, but boy can she play a piano.

Jerry Lee Lewis - Last Man Standing - duets with a host of different musicians. Probably don't need to describe his music \:D

The Best of Fats Waller EDIT: The Very Best of Fats Waller \:\) end EDIT - includes Ain't Misbehavin', Handful of Keys, It's a Sin to Tell a Lie, et al et al et al. The king of stride, of course.

But something more likely up your alley is Bert Dalton, Midnight Coffee. He's a Santa Fe jazz pianist, but right up there with the best. This album is recorded with John Clayton, bass (described as "artistic director of jazz for the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Hollywood Bowl") and Jeff Hamilton, drummer ("seen on Natalie Cole's Great Performances PBS Special"). Dalton has played with "Bud Shank, Herbie Mann, Anita O'Day, Regina Carter, and Frank Morgan." I like his music a lot. I'll see if it can be ordered on-line.

YUP - I just searched for Bert Dalton Midnight Coffee and it's available several places, including a single download for $.99 from Napster, CDBaby, and Barnes and Noble.

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#1141566 - 10/06/07 10:52 PM Re: What are your favorite piano albums ?
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jotur, thanks for the killer recommendation on Marcia Ball !!!! I just listened to some samples of her Blue House album and it's fantastic. My musical tastes vary quite a bit and this fits right in with a bunch of stuff I have like Little Feat, Neville Brothers, Dr. John, etc.

Which reminds me, a couple of other piano albums I'm listening to lately are:

Dr. John - Mercernary
Jools Holland - Swinging the Blues, Dancing the Ska
Jools Holland - Moving Out To The Country
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#1141567 - 10/06/07 11:21 PM Re: What are your favorite piano albums ?
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Yeah, I heard her in concert here a year or so ago. If you get a chance to see her she is a showman. There's some (pretty poor) youtube's of her - she has a stage piano at knee level, sits with her legs crossed and her mules (backless shoes) hanging off her toes \:D LONG fingers - but in person is bestest. The place was packed, and folks dancing in the aisles. I think Dr John was a mentor. I like her other albums, too.

I'll have to try the Jools Holland.

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#1141568 - 10/10/07 02:45 AM Re: What are your favorite piano albums ?
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Any album by Oscar Peterson. He does not loose the plot and there is a solid beat. His finest recording is the 1977 Montreaux Jazz Festival. IMO

Any takers on improvements to that?

Alan (swingal)

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#1141569 - 10/23/07 03:43 PM Re: What are your favorite piano albums ?
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I enjoy the Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio by Claude Bolling and An Evening With John Petrucci and Jordan. Neither of them are strictly piano but both have feature amazing pianists.
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#1141570 - 10/23/07 09:11 PM Re: What are your favorite piano albums ?
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Too much running through my head to think of many, but Michel Camilo's "One More Once" is a great album, IMO. It's really cheap over at Amazon and is a great synthesis of jazz, rock and latin vibes (something he calls is "New York style"). I enjoy all of his albums, really. Great pianist.
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#1141571 - 10/26/07 07:28 AM Re: What are your favorite piano albums ?
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Vince Guaraldi, Bob Seeley, Mark "Mr. B" Lincoln Braun, Bradley Sowash, David Nevue, Errol Garner, Dave McKenna... the list goes on and on and on and...u get the idea...
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#1141572 - 10/26/07 09:18 AM Re: What are your favorite piano albums ?
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George Winston: Autumn, December, and Forest

Everything by Ludovico Einaudi, esp. I Giorni and Divenire

Rick Wakeman has a lovely little solo piano album called Country Airs
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#1141573 - 10/26/07 07:49 PM Re: What are your favorite piano albums ?
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I just discovered Eldar Djangirov, in particular his Live at the Blue Note album.

I think he's a really great jazz pianist, and he's only 20 years old !!!

Amazing stuff.

Thanks for the new recommendations.

Monica, I'm definitely going to check out the Rick Wakeman album. Many moons ago I was a huge Yes fan but I had forgotten all about him. Thanks for jogging my memory.
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#1141574 - 10/26/07 08:52 PM Re: What are your favorite piano albums ?
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Another album I just discovered that I just love is "Ahmad Jamal - I Remember Duke, Hoagy & Strayhorn"
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#1141575 - 11/05/07 08:46 AM Re: What are your favorite piano albums ?
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My absolute favorite is South African pianist Abdullah Ibrahim (early in his career, he released albums under his name Dollar Brand). He has a number of solo piano albums, and I'd be hard-pressed to recommend just one of them. Perhaps "African Piano". He also recorded many duet albums (piano/bass or piano/sax), small group albums (his small group was named Ekaya) and a couple of orchestral albums.

I think Abdullah Ibrahim has a unique voice on piano. You'll hear elements of gospel, jazz (his influences were Fats Waller, Duke Ellington and Thelonius Monk), blues and African rhythm and textures.

I also highly recommend the "Live at Maybeck Recital Hall" albums on the Concord label. I've heard about a half-dozen of them and they've all been great. One particular favorite is the volume by Kenny Werner, who is arguably a modern disciple of Bill Evans.

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#1141576 - 11/05/07 12:31 PM Re: What are your favorite piano albums ?
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Bill Evans' "You Must Believe In Spring" - not because it's his best (it isn't) but because upon hearing it I was awestruck. I was already into jazz at the time but lacked direction. I'd heard of Bill Evans but didn't appreciate his talent. Seems like Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea were getting all the air play. But when I heard Bill play the title cut, I had to get that album (my first of many Bill Evans albums). Listen and learn.
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#1141577 - 11/05/07 12:42 PM Re: What are your favorite piano albums ?
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I don't think anyone will have heard of this one, but I'll go with Piano tribute to Dashboard Confessional.

You can check it out on Amazon, just type in Piano tribute to Dashboard Confessional, and then scroll down and just click where it says "listen to all" and you can listen to any of the songs

It has some really good melodies there, you might be surprised.
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#1141578 - 11/07/07 01:27 PM Re: What are your favorite piano albums ?
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Professor Longhair ->

Crawfish Fiesta and Houseparty New Orleans Style...

both available from Amazon MP3 store.

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#1141579 - 11/08/07 04:04 PM Re: What are your favorite piano albums ?
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I don't think anyone will have heard of this one, but I'll go with Piano tribute to Dashboard Confessional.
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I just looked it up on Rhapsody, and there's a whole big series of "Piano Tribute" albums, including Rush, REM, U2, Dido, Pink Floyd, Nirvana, etc. etc.

I am going to be in for hours of entertainment...

DeepElem, the Wakeman "Country Airs" album is not like his usual stuff. It's definitely new age in style. But very very pretty.
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#1141580 - 11/08/07 04:21 PM Re: What are your favorite piano albums ?
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'Wildflower' and 'White Owl' by Keiko Matsui.

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#1141581 - 11/10/07 06:06 AM Re: What are your favorite piano albums ?
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I see that Bill Evans is very popular amongst the viewers of this topic.

He is certainly technically very melodic and what I call a mellow mood pianist. He is not my favourite jazz pianist. I prefer the swing players like Teddy Wilson who combined melody and beat with fantastic arpeggios all to a strict timing which added to the beauty.

I get the feeling that young, recently taught pianists and current students are more attached to
technical playing and rather abstract sounds than old people like me are. I believe that we have little theory (or none!in my case)and just hear the beauty of the sounds and the beat just like the human soul plus heart beat. Is this correct?

Perhaps it is a virtual impossibility to copy such music by ear and memory? whereas easier remembered tunes are not difficult. Even longer renditions like Fats Waller composed.

I therefore, will never be able to remember such as these modern compositions in my head like most of you perhaps?

Please try and understand what I mean. Is it the technical requirement that is my downfall?.

It seems to be almost like modern abstract paintings and sculpture which I also have great difficulty with.

I try to understand New Age music, but find it difficult, due to lack of connected structure and flow of melody.

I just bought a Bill Evans DVD called,'But Beautiful' and it is very good if you like his style. I have also got the well known DVD called 'The Universal Mind Of Bill Evans' very good for learning his style from, if you wish to play that way.Rather a 'masterclass' I think.

Funny isn't it? that none of us can understand anyone else's sense of hearing and especially their feelings mentally and soulful emotions.

I'm still hoping someone(and I have a name in mind !)who can tell us what they get as feelings from this beat-less yet harmonic phrase-work so
passionately described to us here.

Alan (swingal)

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#1141582 - 11/10/07 07:07 AM Re: What are your favorite piano albums ?
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Quote:(swingal)
I try to understand New Age music, but find it difficult, due to lack of connected structure and flow of melody.

I remember reading Sammy Cahn saying to Jimmy Van Husen "can you give me a little grace note here?"
Jimmy's response was ..if I give you a grace note here..down the line I'd have to give you another and another.. I'll write a new song!
that little change affects the whole structure of a song!

most new age music has no structure..so its hard to memorize..

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#1141583 - 11/11/07 02:29 PM Re: What are your favorite piano albums ?
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Hello, new here, great place...this is such a broad topic, there are simply so many great recordings and pianists out there, in a lot of different styles..and everyone mentioned here are simply great...my list would be too long, so my almost everyday listens and inspirations come mostly from Herbie, all phases, Kenny Kirkland, especially on Codes of the Underground w/Wynton, Evans, Chick, Kelly, all of the Michael Brecker lps have great boards on them..see, I knew I couldnt answer this one....

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#1141584 - 11/12/07 03:43 PM Re: What are your favorite piano albums ?
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Ben Folds Five - Self Titled.

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#1141585 - 05/08/08 10:01 PM Re: What are your favorite piano albums ?
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Professor Longhair: Rock'n Roll Gumbo

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#1141586 - 05/09/08 02:46 AM Re: What are your favorite piano albums ?
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In terms of piano jazz solo works I have two pretty standard offerings:

One was already mentioned: Keith Jarrett's The Melody at Night, With You. I'm new to KJ and this is the only CD of his that I have (I know, burn me at the stake), and I can't imagine topping it.

My other nominee, if you like standards played the "old way" is a recent Dave Brubeck CD called "Private Brubeck Remembers", which is mostly, if not solely, standards of the WWII era played just by him on the piano.

I think his Xmas CD, by the way, is also a piano solo work. It was outstanding if you can get your hands on it.

Since I also noticed quite a few Bill Evans mentions and I still haven't warmed up to him (I know, after you burn me at the stake, dump my ashes in a latrine), I did buy a CD of him and Tony Bennett just with voice and piano that I think is pretty good as well.

Good topic. Getting a lot of good tips.

Rafael

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#1141587 - 05/09/08 05:00 PM Re: What are your favorite piano albums ?
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I usually like pianists who don't try to play everything they know in their solos. So my list tends to favor artists like that.

My personal favorites (in no particular order)

With a group:
Bud Powell - Genius of Bud Powell V.1
Gene Harris - Ballad Essentials
Cyrus Chestnut - Dark Before the Dawn

Solo Piano:
McCoy Tyner - Jazz Roots
Tommy Flanagan & Hank Jones - Our Delights
Thelonious Monk - Monk Alone Discs 1 & 2
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#1141588 - 05/09/08 10:01 PM Re: What are your favorite piano albums ?
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My favorite album is "Piano Classic" by John O'Connor for the classics and Michel Camilo's "On the other Hand" for in your face percussive piano.
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#1141589 - 05/10/08 12:48 AM Re: What are your favorite piano albums ?
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Here's one of my old favorites: \:\)

Marian McPartland, On 52nd Street

http://play.rhapsody.com/marianmcpartland/on52ndstreet

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#1141590 - 05/10/08 04:24 AM Re: What are your favorite piano albums ?
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Originally posted by Monica K.:
I just looked it up on Rhapsody, and there's a whole big series of "Piano Tribute" albums, including Rush, REM, U2, Dido, Pink Floyd, Nirvana, etc. etc.[/b]
I would recommend looking for Christopher O'Riley's piano versions of Radiohead songs. He's released two CDs of them -- True Love Waits and Hold Me to This. I'm a big Radiohead/Thom Yorke/Johnny Greenwood fan as it is, but O'Riley's interpretations are beautiful.

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#1141591 - 05/11/08 09:28 PM Re: What are your favorite piano albums ?
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I have many favorites but four solo piano recordings are closest to my heart ...Jim Bajor's "Awakening", Jeff Bjorck's "Pure Piano Panoramas", Micheal Dulin's "The One I waited For". Bradley Sowash's "Bittersweet"..I've practically worn these out!

Also, anything recorded by Terry Waldo the Ragtime legend. He's amazing and still performing in New York City.

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#1141592 - 05/12/08 09:54 AM Re: What are your favorite piano albums ?
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- Michel Petrucciani aux Theatre des Champs Elysees
- Keith Jarrett Koln Concert
- Dave McKenna @ Maybeck

are the 3 solo albums that come to mind right now ...

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#1141593 - 05/12/08 11:52 AM Re: What are your favorite piano albums ?
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'Wildflower' and 'White Owl' by Keiko Matsui. [/b]
Totally agree on Ms. Matsui, though my preference is for Deep Blue (and Deep Blue Solo Piano version)
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#1141594 - 05/12/08 03:58 PM Re: What are your favorite piano albums ?
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Hey, how about Makoto Ozone and Garry Burton at the Montreux Jazz Festival. year? lost the box! but c1989 ? They are a terrific duo and Makoto is a pianist of great talent. I particularly liked his Opus Half but do try this DVD out you will be delighted I'm sure.

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#1141595 - 05/12/08 06:23 PM Re: What are your favorite piano albums ?
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Tony Perez "From Enchantment and Timba to Full Force Jazz!" is a great latin Jazz album. Tony Perez is the composer/pianist. From Cuba.

Swingal said that anything from Oscar Peterson is good, but I have to disagree a little: I think that alot of his work with Norman Granz (the producer) doesn't do him justice. His recordings on the MPS label stand head and shoulders above the rest. And "Exclusively for my Friends: the Lost Tapes" is the best of the bunch, IMO.
(I mean no disrespect to Mr. Granz, of whom I otherwise think highly.)

Brad Meldau "The Art Of The Trio Volume III - Songs" is sublime and understated. I don't much care for his other albums that I've heard, but this one really stands out to me.


About Bill Evans: You know, I was never really excited about him, either. At least not on a visceral level, like I am by Oscar. But when I sit and really listen, and try to pick out licks-- especially when I'm examining the music with a student-- it dawns on me: "this is amazing, beautiful music". But I'm not driven to listen to him, usually. I'm talking about "Portrait in Jazz". I think his work with Miles is floating and beautiful in the extreme.

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#1141596 - 05/15/08 12:32 AM Re: What are your favorite piano albums ?
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 Quote:
Originally posted by krypt0:
'Wildflower' and 'White Owl' by Keiko Matsui. [/b]
Totally agree on Ms. Matsui, though my preference is for Deep Blue (and Deep Blue Solo Piano version) [/b]
i agree as well, although my favorite keiko album is walls of akendora, followed by wildflower. all of her stuff is great though. i was supposed to go see her at scullers in boston this weekend, but now it looks like i'm not going to be able to \:\( .

yeah, so my recommendations are:

keiko matsui - walls of akendora, track 2, crystal shadow is my favorite, but the whole album is amazing.

the bad plus - prog, this is their latest album. this is a jazz trio with imaginative and interesting covers and good original songs as well. lots of excellent piano parts (solos, etc.).

jamie cullum - twentysomething, his debut u.s. album from a few years back. this album is great from start to finish, with very few low points and alot of nice piano riffs and solos. had the pleasure of seeing him live, his performance does not disappoint, very high energy, the audience really gets into it.

chris botti live with special guests - blu ray dvd, yes, i know chris botti plays trumpet not piano, but i really like his pianist, billy childs. if you have a blu ray player, please do yourself a favor and go purchase this dvd. billy is featured prominently in many of the songs, piano solos etc. he is one of chris botti's arrangers/music directors and is definitely underrated. check him out in this following link. it is from the video i mentioned above. his solo starts at 3:48 into it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4RkdWBiZSmI

also check out his part in this awesome rendition of ennio morricone's theme from cinema paradiso, a true classic.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7aN4nB8do60

these poor quality clips do no do the perfomance justice, especially after having seen the blu ray with 5.1 surround. definitely worth the purchase. i believe it is also available on standard definition dvd as well. that's it for now.

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#1141597 - 05/15/08 04:01 PM Re: What are your favorite piano albums ?
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Agree fully with rct203 and krypt0 with regard to just about anything by Keiko matsui

Keiko\'s "Forever Forever"

Also like many of the albums of contemporary jazz pianist Bob James, especially his work with the supergroup Foreplay.

One of the most unique and exciting albums you may ever hear is actually a double CD project by New Age artist David Lanz called "Skyline Firedance", with the same compositions on both CDs - one solo and one with orchestral accompaniment. Great stuff!

Regards, JF
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#1141598 - 05/15/08 04:24 PM Re: What are your favorite piano albums ?
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That was the first David Lanz album I ever bought, JohnFrank, and I agree... it's wonderful. I find that 95% of the time I listen to the piano solo disc, though. Guess I'm biased, huh? \:D

Every few months I look at the sheet music for "Skyline/Firedance" but then sigh and say "not within my grasp just yet... maybe later." But one of these days I *will* learn that piece!
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#1141599 - 05/16/08 05:03 AM Re: What are your favorite piano albums ?
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That was the first David Lanz album I ever bought, JohnFrank, and I agree... it's wonderful. I find that 95% of the time I listen to the piano solo disc, though. Guess I'm biased, huh? \:D

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Yes, it's a masterful production by one of the most talented composer/pianists around. I've been a big fan of David ever since I heard his great classic works "Christifori's Dream" and "Leaves on the Seine" (an "easy" version of which I might attempt for a future recital) some years back.

Recently I've been playing his "Love Songs" CD, which is a collection of his more romantic pieces from previous albums. Great for relaxing in the sun on my deck with a cold "adult beverage" while the birds sing in the background. \:\)

Actually, now that I'm a piano student myself, I prefer the solo disc from "Skyline" also. Great minds in concurrence is a beautiful thing!

And yes - you are "biased" - like me, biased in favor of really good music! I just float around constantly from table to table in that immense banquet hall of gourmet musical delights while you pretty much stay put at one, savoring all the many delicacies there - in both cases we're doing what we enjoy doing and partaking of what gives us the greatest pleasure. Is that what it's all about? I think so.

Regards, JF
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#1141600 - 05/17/08 03:19 PM Re: What are your favorite piano albums ?
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Not entirely piano of course, but I enjoyed the important contributions of piano/organ/keyboard in old Perez Prado, The Animals, Procol Harum ("Repent Walpurgis"... divine dialogue between rock and classical), "Emerson, Lake and Palmer", Benny Andersson (Hep Stars, ABBA, now BAO), Pink Martini (what sparkling arrangements ! written down somewhere ?).

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#1141601 - 05/17/08 04:01 PM Re: What are your favorite piano albums ?
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Last week, I saw David Lanz perform in Seattle and picked up his newest release "Living Temples". It is truly awesome.

Although I have always preferred solo piano to any other instrumental recording, this CD is exceptional. The other instruments (flutes, percussion and bass among others) are very subtle and only add to the overall mood of this beautiful recording, without detracting from the piano sounds in any way.. Title track Living Temples is a beautiful song and shows a very different side of the artist, one worth listening to. (I actually prefer this version to the acoustic solo version on his 'A Cup of Moolight' CD.)

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#1141602 - 05/18/08 02:05 PM Re: What are your favorite piano albums ?
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Marian McPartland's solo album "Willow Creek and Other Ballads".

I'm not one to listen to the same things over and over, but this one never gets old. She's one of the most underrated jazz pianists, IMHO...
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#1141603 - 05/21/08 04:48 PM Re: What are your favorite piano albums ?
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My favourites in no particular order, are:-

Oscar Peterson, Art Tatum, Fats Waller & Erroll Garner and Teddy Wilson they were my idols and each to his own style.

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#1141604 - 05/22/08 01:06 AM Re: What are your favorite piano albums ?
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Solo Monk \:\)

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#1141605 - 05/22/08 08:02 AM Re: What are your favorite piano albums ?
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I got legendary session musician, Chuck Leavell's new live CD "Live in Germany: Green Leaves & Blue Notes" just released in May. This is one of the few guys that inspired me to want to play piano again. After the recent Stones tour finished, Leavell got a small rock combo together to tour Europe.

If some of you on the forum don't know him by name he has been touring pianist with the Rolling Stones since the 80s and has also toured & recorded with Eric Clapton & the Allman Brothers.

Now although there is obviously a big piano presence on this double CD it is more of a band album[/b] covering rock'n'roll, light jazz & southern rock blues and some of Leavell's solo work as well. You've got songs covering the likes of the Stones, Allman Brothers, George Harrison, Ray Charles among others. Other band members solo on tracks as well.

Its a lively CD with great piano runs and solos that lets you enjoy a great pianist without it being a study of any kind.

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#1141606 - 05/22/08 03:47 PM Re: What are your favorite piano albums ?
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Thanks for that, Glimmer! I have been looking for a Chuck Leavall album that put his his keys to the forefront of the mix.
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#1141607 - 05/23/08 04:04 AM Re: What are your favorite piano albums ?
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Originally posted by pastafarian:
Thanks for that, Glimmer! I have been looking for a Chuck Leavall album that put his his keys to the forefront of the mix. [/b]
Have you heard his "Forever Blue" CD ? I'm pretty sure its just a solo piano album.

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#1141608 - 05/23/08 10:51 AM Re: What are your favorite piano albums ?
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Among the 'not just piano' albums no one has mentioned Bruce Hornsby: Camp Meeting, Harbor Lights, Hot House & Here Come the Noise Makers all demonstrate his pure piano genius. (Avoid Big Swing Face - no piano in it!)

What about Keith Emerson too? There is always great playing on the ELP albums. Solo "Emerson plays Emerson" is good, but mostly more down beat than you might expect appart from his adaptation of Alberto Ginastera's Suite de Danzas Criollas (Creole Dance) which is truly stunning.

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#1141609 - 05/28/08 01:20 PM Re: What are your favorite piano albums ?
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Loc: California
"Roots - The Solo Piano Album" by Laurie Z. is a wonderful album. Laurie's music has the sophistication and grace of classical piano music yet her structures and harmonies follow the verse-chorus structures of Elton John.
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#1141610 - 06/05/08 04:00 PM Re: What are your favorite piano albums ?
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No Words - Jim Brickman

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#1141611 - 06/06/08 09:42 AM Re: What are your favorite piano albums ?
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I'm with Swingal in enjoying pretty much everything Peterson recorded, but my two favourite piano albums are by Art Tatum, playing mostly with others:

God is in the House
Pablo Group Masterpieces Vol 1 with Benny Carter

God is in the House; (the swinging, fun, after-hours recordings from 1940/41, including)
Sweet Lorraine, Fine and Dandy - wonderful improvisation on a battered upright, possibly my favourite Tatum track.
Toledo Blues, Knockin Myself Out - the first one is uniquely intimate (not that I can improvise & sing anyway)
Lady Be Good & Sweet Georgia Brown - amazing comping as he swings with Frank Newton on horn - and some of the earliest outside phrases of be-bop style ever recorded...


Pablo Group Masterpieces - Vol 1 with Benny Carter;including
Undecided, a pretty naff tune that Tatum takes on a riotus rhythmical journey,
Blues in Bb, where he beautifully censors the unnecessary and has you thinking 'I could play that' then puts in an horrendously fast arpeggio and stonking top to bottom run,
A Foggy Day, by his third time through at about 3 minutes he's really warmed up
Old Fashioned Love, My Blue Heaven -love the intro...etc
Carter could really keep up with Tatum, his melodies somehow enhancing the harmonies and drive that Tatum brought to the group; it's like they inspired each other and as a whole became greater than the sum of the parts.
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#1141612 - 06/06/08 12:39 PM Re: What are your favorite piano albums ?
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A great recent one is last year's Kid's: Live at Dizzy's Club. It's a duet album with Hank Jones and Joe Lovano. Since there is no bass and drums, all of Hank Jone's solos are solo piano, and when he comps for Lovano (sax), he's got to play it all. The playing is easy, swinging and absoultely masterful. If you like reharmonizations, download Jones's solo version on the disk of Oh What a Beautiful Mornin.

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#1141613 - 06/06/08 04:38 PM Re: What are your favorite piano albums ?
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As this thread has been resurrected, I would point out to jotur and DeepElem that since they posted about Marcia Ball and post-Blue House, Her Tallness has released a Live album...you must order it immediately!!

http://www.marciaball.com/
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#1141614 - 06/06/08 07:46 PM Re: What are your favorite piano albums ?
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Oh, thank you JDelmore. I do believe there's a couple of things there I don't have yet \:\)

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