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Sal Mosca: You Go to My Head

There are two important jazz pianists who died in the new millennium who are in danger of being forgotten: Frank Hewitt and Sal Mosca. Both left behind minimal discographies that prove they were major original stylists.

Mosca studied with Lennie Tristano for eight years, but he incorporates Tristano’s ideas about harmony and rhythm and counterpoint into his own purposes. He sounds rather like Tristano with more blood and guts and less detachment.

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