Various Artists

The Soul of Jazz Piano

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This hard-to-find sampler LP (which does not give the recording dates but mostly contains music from 1958-62) features one song apiece from eight different pianists: Thelonious Monk, Wynton Kelly, Billy Taylor, Victor Feldman, Bobby Timmons, Bill Evans, Barry Harris and Dick Morgan. All of the performances except Morgan's selection (Dick Morgan recorded three albums for Riverside but has always been obscure) is currently available on CD, but for the time this album gave listeners a good overview of the strong piano talent to be found on the Riverside label.