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Sal Mosca: The Talk of the Town

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When he died at age 80 in 2007, pianist Sal Mosca had never really received the accolades he deserved-despite having played with the likes of Billie Holiday, Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, Lee Konitz and Warne Marsh. A pianist of great skill and grace, coming up as a protégé of Lennie Tristano and harboring an affection for Art Tatum and Teddy Wilson, Mosca kept a low profile, recording sparsely and preferring teaching to performing.

So this two-CD solo piano set from 1992, recorded live in Amsterdam at the Bimhuis, is more than a find; it will likely go down as one of the essential statements by this unjustly under-the-radar artist.

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