Adam Makowicz


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Adam Makowicz's first record since defecting from his native Poland found him sponsored by producer John Hammond and poised for stardom. However, in 1977, Hammond did not have the same power he had with Columbia in earlier decades, and this would be the pianist's only recording for the label; unfortunately, it has not yet been reissued on CD. The solo set finds Makowicz displaying impressive technique (influenced by, but not derivative of Art Tatum) on five standards and six of his originals, including "Tribute to Erroll Garner" and "Chopin's Willows." Of the standards, "Tea for Two" and "Cherokee" are given the most impressive treatment. A strong start to Makowicz's American years.

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