A flexible and diverse acoustic pianist who lives on the East Coast, Roger Davidson has a long history of playing both European classical music and straight-ahead bop (on top of being knowledgeable of various styles of Latin music, including Afro-Cuban salsa, Argentinean tango, and Brazilian samba). As a jazz improviser, Davidson has favored a very lyrical and melodic approach. Bill Evans (the pianist, not the saxman) is a major influence, and Davidson's jazz playing also brings to mind pianists like Red Garland, Hank Jones, Wynton Kelly, and Tommy Flanagan; in other words, the more accessible bebop and hard bop pianists of the 1950s and '60s who swung passionately but brought a strong sense of melody and lyricism to the table. Although Davidson's classical training comes through when he is playing straight-ahead jazz, he has no problem ...
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