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Gerry Wiggins & Hassan Shakur: Wiggins & Wiggins

Listening to this album is like being granted access to an intimate family gathering. The family happens to include a piano legend, Gerry Wiggins, and his son, bassist Hassan Shakur. The recording was made at Wiggins’ home in Woodland Hills, Calif. Joe LaBarbera, who lives nearby, brought in his drum kit and sat in on five of the 15 tracks.

Like the great pianists to whom he is most often compared (Tatum, Garner, Wilson, Cole), Wiggins is a stylist in the deepest, truest sense. The particular style that he has been refining for approximately 70 years makes harmonic intricacy sound friendly through melodic clarity and life-affirming swing.

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