Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Records for sale: Jazz pianists

There are several lps for sale by pianists who cover a wide range of music. 


Herbie Hancock was born in Chicago in 1940, Herbie was a child piano prodigy who performed a Mozart piano concerto with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at age 11. He began playing jazz in high school, initially influenced by Oscar Peterson and Bill Evans.   He has played with countless musicians and in numerous settings over his long career, which is still current.  I was fortunate to see Hancock in New Brunswick, N.J. in a duo with Wayne Shorter in 2000.  The lp for sale was another duo with the percussionist Willie Bobo, entitled Succotash, recorded in 1973.,pgr,37349495,auction_id,auction_details  

Below is another lp which finds Hancock in a different band, a sextet entitled Mwandishi.,pgr,37349687,auction_id,auction_details


The second featured pianist is Hank Jones, brother of Elvin and Thad.  Hank was born in Mississippi.  The family moved North to Pontiac, Michigan.  Hank's early influences were Art Tatum, Fats Waller, Earl Hines, and Teddy Wilson.  He played with many musicians, including Coleman Hawkins, Howard McGee, Andy Kirk and Billy Eckstine.  The following lp has Jones in a small group setting.  Just For Fun was recorded in 1977.,pgr,29367039,auction_id,auction_details


Next are two lps from Wynton Kelly, who was the pianist with Miles Davis in the 50's.  Kelly was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. the son of Jamaican immigrants.  Kelly played piano in church and R&B bands during his early years.  In his long career he has played with Dizzy Gillespie, Dinah Washington, Charles Mingus, and most notably Miles Davis on the best selling Kind of Blue album.  Below are 2 lps with Kelly as the leader.,pgr,29367120,auction_id,auction_details,pgr,29367636,auction_id,auction_details


Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Mike Longo came from a musical family.  He was influenced by the church pianist as a child.  One of his early influences and mentors was Cannonball Adderley.  Dizzy Gillespie later hooked up with Longo, and they formed a lasting friendship and musical partnership.  The following lp, the Awakening, recorded in 1972, has Longo as the leader, and features James Moody, Ron Carter, Curtis Fuller, and Dizzy Gillespie.,pgr,29367748,auction_id,auction_details


Reggie Moore has worked with a wide variety of artists, including Johnny Hartman, Anita O'Day, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Betty Carter, Gary Bartz and Woody Shaw.  Moore had the honor of being the ambassador of the state, following in the footsteps of such legends as Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, and Dizzy Gillespie.  Here is an lp for sale with Moore as a leader, Furioso, recorded in 1972.,pgr,29368006,auction_id,auction_details


Jazz critic Stanley Crouch has stated that Jamal is second in importance to Charlie Parker to the development of jazz after 1945.  For 5 decades he has been one of the most successful small group leaders.  Below is the lp Rossiter Road recorded in 1986.,pgr,29389081,auction_id,auction_details


Born in 1941 in Toledo, Ohio, Cowell has had the fortune of playing with many jazz giants, including Marion Brown, Stan Getz, Clifford Jordon, Max Roach and Sonny Rollins.  He currently teaches music at Rutgers University in Newark, N.J.  Here is his 1977 release Waiting For The Moment.,pgr,29570153,auction_id,auction_details

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