i have 1000s of cds and lps, but i am a little short on solo jazz piano. can some of you knowledgable jazz fans recommend some great solo piano albums for me. any style of jazz will do, i like everything, even the very modern.
Hi Gord, suggestions - Oscar Peterson, Art Tatum, Erroll Garner, Ralph Sutton, Jessica Williams, Albert Ammons, Teddy Wilson, Ellis Marsalis, Marcus Roberts, Tommy Flanagan, Bud Powell, Mel Powell, Earl Hines, Pete Johnson, Andre Previn; some of these often recorded with a trio, typically bass or guitar and drums, but still come across sounding almost solo. These are not from a Google search, but from my own collection plus some from last.fm.
You should find many of them on Amazon with MP3 samples so you can try before you buy! I'll go through my stack of CDs and get Album names if you want specifics.
Thelonious certainly played solo.
Mike missed his favourite - Mary Lou Williams.
Here's some more from me:-
Hank Jones, Dave Brubeck, Fats Waller, Billy Kyle, Meade Lux Lewis, Jess Stacy, James P. Johnson, Jelly Roll Morton, Keith Jarret, Garland Wilson.
Also try keying in "solo jazz pianists" on Wikipedia for many more (some quite obscure)
I think Jools's band can play almost as well as any of the legendary swing bands, there just is not a big enough audience to support such a band full time and exclude other genre. You just have to pick the tracks, maybe a good case for Amazon MP3 downloads, take just the tracks you like and ignore the rest. You may sometimes find it cheaper to take the complete Album if there are only 2 or 3 tracks to discard.
Excellent suggestion, Steve. They both rank very high in my book.
Some examples from my collection:
Jacques Loussier - Imressions on Chopin's Nocturnes
Keith Jarrett - The Koln Concert
Leszek Możdżer - Chopin Impressions
Michel Camilo - Solo
Michel Petrucciani - Promenade With Duke
Makowicz vs. Możdżer at the Carnegie Hall
A dear friend of mine is a great fan of Dudley Moore. He was certainly a talented pianist but I have not listened to his work for quite a few years. Just found him on spotify and am listening to My Blue Heaven. Will certainly sample some more as he has a lovely touch.