A very talented jazz piano player; not so well known by his solo work but by his live and recording performances with Art Blakey, Stefon Harris, Kenny Garrett and Tony Williams, just to name a few.
Mulgrew Miller is an american jazz pianist born in 1955 in Greenwood, Mississippi. Miller’s first experiences with music were more orientated towards gospel, R&B and blues. He was constantly meddling with Jazz, without really knowing it and freely admits he and his band were merely “approaching Jazz”.
Miller has said to have set his mind definitely on becoming a jazz pianist after seeing Oscar Peterson on television. “It was a life changing event. I knew right then that I would be a jazz pianist”.
So here it is, The Mulgrew Miller trio… something that definitely sounds like a good class of jazz to me!
Art Tatum was an American jazz and blues pianist and virtuoso who played with phenomenal ability despite being nearly blind from birth.
Tatum is widely acknowledged as one of the greatest jazz pianists of all time and he was a major influence on later generations of jazz pianists. He was noted for the complexity and speed of his performances, which set a new standard for jazz piano virtuosity.
Tatum built upon stride and classical piano influences to develop a novel and unique piano style. He introduced a strong, swinging pulse to jazz piano, highlighted with spectacular cadenzas that swept across the entire keyboard. His interpretations of popular songs were exuberant, sophisticated, grandiose and intricate. Jazz soloing in the 1930s had not yet evolved into the free-ranging extended improvisations that flowered in the bebop era of the 1940s, 1950s and beyond.
I got rhythm – hell yeah, he’s got rhythm!