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Tardo Hammer

Tardo Hammer

It seems like modern keyboardists think jazz piano begins and ends with Bill Evans. Then there’s Tardo Hammer.

“As a teenager I was way into Bill Evans as well,” Hammer says, now 43. “I still love his playing. At a certain point that way of playing was becoming very formulaic and predictable. Not Bill Evans himself, but a multitude of piano players using his left-hand voicings almost exclusively. It’s just that the repetition and overuse starts to render those pretty chords a little meaningless to me.”

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