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Bill Charlap…Somewhere

Well this wonderful early afternoon I’m listening to Bill Charlap’s “Somewhere” The songs of Leonard Bernstein album. He is a strong modern jazz pianist with the gift of interpreting standards into something beautiful. This album released in 2004 on the Blue Note label with Peter Washington on bass and Kenny Washington on drums, one of the best rhythm sections in jazz today. Bill Charlap displays influences of Tommy Flanagan and one of my favorites Hank Jones, he’s one of the strongest pianists to be heard today almost creating his own beat on the keys and his solo’s are special. Sometimes the difference between a good pianist and a rare and gifted performer like Mr. Charlap is simply the touch of the keys, and he has created an incredible touch. You will enjoy this album and return to it often.

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