Various Artists

The Best of the Jazz Pianos

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One of five CDs in Denon's series, this release has some interesting if hard-to-trace material. Bill Evans performs two numbers with his classic 1961 trio (which includes bassist Scott LaFaro and drummer Paul Motian), Bud Powell plays two lengthy songs with a quintet that features trumpeter Clark Terry in 1957, Teddy Wilson's trio runs through a pair of standards, Thelonious Monk and a quintet with Charlie Rouse on tenor and trumpeter Thad Jones play a version of "Light Blue" that is supposedly from a European tour in 1958 (doubtful) and Chick Corea is heard on the out-of-place and rather spacey "Sundance," a lengthy improvisation with a group of modernists in 1969. It's a mixed bag.

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