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Bernd Lhotzky: Piano Portrait

Louis Mazetier’s highly informative liner notes assert that the making of Stradivarius violins is a lost art, and that without musicians like Bernd Lhotzky stride piano could be, too. Certainly the case of Lhotzky reveals how infinite the jazz-piano vessel is. Lhotzky is a 36-year-old graduate of the Munich Conservatory, but his spiritual home is 1920s Harlem.

The point isn’t that Lhotzky’s chosen destiny seems quixotic in this age. Nor is it that the “oompah” left hand of stride piano-even in refined versions here like the Teddy Wilson-style 10ths of “Ghost of a Chance”-can sound corny to the modern ear. The point is how Lhotzky functions within his valid art form.

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