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Artist’s Choice: Jason Miles on Electric Keyboards

Versatile keyboardist and producer recommends vintage tracks

Jason Miles

Growing up in Brooklyn I started early, playing the accordion at 7 and then switching to piano at 11. It didn’t take long before I discovered the organ. Players like Jimmy Smith and Groove Holmes really influenced me. I played the organ in a variety of bands during that period. However, it wasn’t until I heard the sound of the Wurlitzer and Fender Rhodes electric pianos that my path in music started to get defined. Here are some seminal cuts that had a major effect on my musical life.

Cannonball Adderley
“Mercy Mercy Mercy!”
Live at “The Club” (Capitol, 1966)
The first time I heard this song I went out and bought the 45. I listened to Joe Zawinul’s funky vibe and how it really spoke. I never would have imagined that 10 years later we’d begin a friendship that would last for over 30 years. This is one of the only times you will hear Zawinul on Wurlitzer electric piano.

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