the good news is that randy thinks we’re ready to start on my right hand.  this made me feel good – like some progress has been made – but he asked me to come up with some of my favorite “melody makers” – players, piano or others, who i like because of their improvised melodies.

now, i’ve been listening to this music for over 30 year and i know a little about what i like and don’t like but this stumped me.  i know from back in my trumpet days that i liked lee morgan and clifford brown but was it because of their melodies?  maybe, but i never looked at it that way.  i knew i liked their stuff but never analyzed exactly why.

so i figured i’d cheat a little (well, not really – he gave my some of his favs) and ask y’all.  who are the best melody makers to you and, of course, why?
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i'm thinking nat king cole (when he played piano).

his rh stuff is very tasty and reasonably accessible to the intermediate pianist. diana krall was schooled on nat and it sure worked for her.
my favourite is keith jarrett. altough he has done some very non - melodic things, his trio recordings is the school example in making least that is my opinion...:)
another who's the best thread? it's not a sport. they are all the best. it's subjective.
jazz+, i couldn't agree with you more that this is not a sport.
however, the topic of this thread is "favorites".  the poster is looking for examples of melodic improvisers to model.

i love keith jarrett's melodies, too, as long as he's not moaning along with them.
but -- pat metheny makes wonderful melodies.
i kind of like his moaning too. can`t wait for jarrett to realease his solo moaning album...
i think teddy wilson's right hand is worth a look!

some of the recordings i have where he plays with billie holliday are very melodic and it is quite easy to hear what his right hand is doing. eg these foolish things, the way you look tonight.

i am awaiting delivery of the benny goodman small groups box (trio/quartet) with teddy and play to do some teddy transcribing.

i have found nat coles piano work helpful and diana k's fly me to the moon is worth a listen

also,  the oscar peterson plays gershwin and arlen albums feature melodic improvisation in the right hand that you may find playable (or at least find inspiring)

listen also to tord gustavsen trio (ecm), and the duo tord gustavsen/ siri gjære, air and angels 2. great melodies and melodic improvisation in my opinion.
sorry -- not meant to be a competition, just trying to get some pointers (your favorites as mentioned).  don’t compare, just direct.

those who have – thanks – i’ll look and listen.
george shearing & george benson are two guys that create really nice lines...
two i'm studying at the moment, primarily for their melodic sense:

barry harris
jim hall

some other chestnuts i like are cannonball adderley; hank jones; wes montgomery.  all of the above are, in my own mind, some of the really excellent  bop-influenced melodic players.
i with you on the bop folks.  randy rattled off most of them (bird, bud, etc).  he mentioned hank jones as well.  i don't know enough about him.  thanks for the tips all.
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