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The Fifty Greatest Jazz Piano Players of All Time by Gene Rizzo

Jelly Roll Morton

What’s a more noxious thought: A ranking of the 50 greatest jazz piano players of all time, or a ranking that puts Monty Alexander at No. 5 and Jelly Roll Morton at 43? Add a single-page addendum titled “The Next Twenty,” which finds room for such “also-rans” as Bill Charlap and Barry Harris, and a separate “Top Ten Women” pianists list and you have one thoroughly dumb book conception.

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