walt wagner was my piano idol for a long time and still is a very good friend.  back when i was teenager he would never give me lessons, but his percussive style, his amazing trio playing, and his sensible solo playing always drew me and gave me a lot of inspiration to practice, write, and play.  

i'm not as influenced by him as i was, but anyone looking for a nice recording of solo jazz piano standards should check out walt's new standards recording.

https://www.semaphone.com/merchant2/merchant.mvc?screen=prod&store_code=semaphone&product_code=79313

sorry about the long link- try to make it work. there are mp3 samples on this page of the cd.
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nice stuff...a friend of yours?
yeah, walt's been a good freind for a long time now.  it didn't start out that way- i was an annoying teenager when i first met him. asked him for lessons every three days :)  never got any, though.  but i got my first cool licks from listening to his trio stuff.  walt's trio was one of the most amazing energetic trios i've ever heard in my life.  it's too bad he doesn't want to release any of that material.  

the guy used to fill up huge concert halls for solo piano performances. kind of like keith jarret before keith jarrett was doing his thing.  walt also was one of the first "new age" guys out there- even before david lanz and that lumberjack who plays "december".  

if you want to hear some killer solo stuff, that recording titled simply as "walt wagner" is worth it.  

mac arthur park is amazing, classical gas is also amazing... there are a couple others too.  

if you're into orchestral american style music (ala copeland and such), walt's recording from a couple years ago called "the miracle" which is a piano concerto recorded with the seattle symphony (gerard schwarz) will blow you away.
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thanks scot for the link.  the guy is more than terrific!  i have never heard about him, maybe because of my ignorance.  the samples of his piano solos, which are provided in the above link, are wonderful.  are there any educational material / books, by walt wagner or by others, that provide his methodology?  please let me know so that i could get it.  thanks.
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