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Bernd Lhotzky & Chris Hopkins: Tandem

For those of us who need to take our stride piano in small, measured doses, and who also happen to think that the piano duo is a dubious concept, Tandem presents special challenges. While our hearts and minds can barely make room for one stride pianist, Tandem hits us with two, in harsh, glaring digital sound.

Press notes make the claim that “world-wide there are perhaps only a dozen piano players who have mastered the orchestral and sweeping style” of Harlem stride. Unquestionably, Bernd Lhotzky and Chris Hopkins are two.

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