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Michael Weiss

Michael Weiss

Pianist Michael Weiss looks at jazz not only as an established player, but also as a serious student and educator. And what he sees being represented as serious jazz gives him concern.

“I see an erosion of quality,” he said, following the release of his latest recording, a trio date on the Steeplechase label, titled Milestones. “There is so much product out there and it’s a big problem because quality is going down; the public’s exposure to mediocre talent is overwhelming. I’m also concerned about the veteran players now in their 60s and 70s. I call them the last of the truth because they represent excellence. When they are gone, what’s going to happen?”

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