Exploring the colorful lives and music of 88 brilliant players, this book brings the entire history of jazz piano into perspective.
From the ultimate early 1900s innovator Jelly Roll Morton, to bop legend Thelonious Monk, to this year's Latin jazz Grammy winner Chucho Valdes, this engaging collection of profiles describes the intriguing personality and performance characteristics of each pianist.
Profiles also highlight recordings that exemplify the artist's unique approach to the keys.
Personal reflections from selected top performers offer deeper insight into the vibrant world of the jazz pianist.
Seven major figures are covered in depth: Jelly Roll Morton, Earl Hines, Art Tatum, Thelonious Monk, Bud Powell, Keith Jarrett, and Cecil Taylor.
Featured artists include James P. Johnson,Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Nat "King" Cole, Oscar Peterson, Les McCann, Herbie Hancock,Dave Brubeck, Billy Taylor, McCoy Tyner, Chick Corea, and 70 others in styles ranging from stride to swing, bebop to post-bop, funk to avant garde, and more.