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Bill Mays Trio: Live at Jazz Standard

Bill Mays, a literate, polished, mainstream jazz pianist, likes to do concept albums (the best of which was An Ellington Affair, on Concord, 11 years ago). His new Palmetto release, his 14th as a leader, is not one-unless “cutting loose” is considered a concept.

It was recorded live at one of the most hospitable settings for jazz in Manhattan by one of the best engineers in the business, A. T. Michael MacDonald. Mays’ freedom to open things up comes from the trust engendered by playing with the same trio for six years, with articulate bassist Martin Wind and droll drummer Matt Wilson.

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