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Artist’s Choice: Fred Hersch on Great Piano Sounds

United by tone and touch

Ahmad Jamal at CareFusion Newport Jazz Festival
Thelonious Monk
Bill Evans Trio 1961
Bill Evans Trio, L to R: Scott LaFaro, Evans, Paul Motian, Village Vanguard 1961 (photo: Steve Schapiro)
Duke Ellington in NYC, c. 1946

All of the recordings I have selected below are united by their pianists’ use of tone and touch, and all of them have been profoundly influential in the development of the piano in jazz.

Duke Ellington

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