Adam Makowicz mixes the techniques of Art Tatum and Vladimir Horowitz in this sensational album of solo piano. His opener is the original "Ballad on Keys," which segues back and forth from his modified stride piano to a Chopin-like classical style. Other Makowicz compositions include his moody tribute to a legendary pianist, "Remembering Bill Evans," and "From My Window," based on his positive impression of New York City from his high-rise apartment. His jaunty interpretation of "I Won't Dance," the rich chord substitutions utilized in "Lover Man," and the broken rhythms within "Here's That Rainy Day" are all fine examples of his best playing, even if he goes a bit overboard with his Tatum impersonation during a virtuoso performance of "Lover." Because this LP hasn't been reissued on CD, it will become increasingly difficult to find, so true fans of jazz piano will want to pick it up.
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AllMusic Review by Ken Dryden