Arriving on the jazz scene in the mid-’60s while simultaneously practicing and teaching psychiatry, pianist Denny Zeitlin has consistently conducted his musical career on multiple tracks. He has played postbop as well as free improv, veered between electric and acoustic settings, drawn from classical composition and fusion, and played solo when he wasn’t leading duos, trios, or larges ensembles.
All those influences resonate through the music heard on Remembering Miles. The disc, featuring 13 tracks written by, credited to, and/or associated with Miles Davis, captures Zeitlin’s 2016 solo-piano performance at the Piedmont Piano Company in Oakland. There, for the last five years, he’s annually played residencies saluting individual composers: Wayne Shorter, Thelonious Monk, Billy Strayhorn, George Gershwin.