Andy LaVerne

Jazz Piano Lineage

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On this very interesting set, Andy Laverne performs solo versions of tunes by some of his favorite pianists: Thelonious Monk, Dave Brubeck ("In Your Own Sweet Way"), Richie Beirach, Herbie Hancock, McCoy Tyner ("Passion Dance"), Keith Jarrett, and two apiece by Bill Evans and Chick Corea. In addition, Laverne performs an original and an adaptation of a Debussy melody. Although quite respectful of the themes and the other pianists' styles, LaVerne's own musical personality comes through, and his interpretations are full of fresh ideas. Recommended.

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