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Evolution Of Solo Jazz Piano, The (Part 1 Traditional Styles, Part 2 Modern Styles)

By Bill Dobbins

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Solo piano
Composed by Bill Dobbins. DVD. Published by Advance Music (AV.DV20071).

Item Number: AV.DV20071

This DVD is the study of solo piano styles developed by 24 of the most influential solo pianists from 1900 to the present. In order to clearly illustrate the specific contributions of the various pianists, Bill Dobbins composed a theme based on the well known standard All Of Me. By applying the stylistic approaches of the different pianists to the same theme, one becomes aware of the subtle yet evocative elements of each individual style. By studying the common elements between some of the great pianists it becomes clear that musical individuality is largely the result of the subconscious emphasis of some musical elements over others, rather than the self-conscious cultivation of originality for its own sake. This DVD will serve as a stimulus toward the further study of the solo jazz piano tradition in particular and for creative music in general.

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