my thanks to all contributors. i've been lurking for maybe a year or so, and i really appreciate the thoughtful dialog and links. today i discovered the additional materials available via login to the site. i would urge all lurking parties to create an account and uncover the whole of ljp.

i've been playing piano since 1965. took 'semi'-classical children's type lessons from a variety of teachers regularly from age 6 to age 15. played very little for the next 20 years or so, and got back into it in '96 when the family piano came to live with me. i love my baldwin acrosonic, and have been playing it for over 40 years now. i really got back into it in '03 when i aquired a vintage fender rhodes  mark i, and even moreso in '04 when i bought a kurzweil pc1x.

over the last two years i've played some coffee house solo gigs, and jammed with some rock/blues bands. my favorite pianists are ellington and monk. i'm thinking now to form a trio, learn some more traditional  material ala ellington, some avante material ala monk, and maybe eventually add a vocalist or violin ala ponty. i don't think i've ever read about on lpj, but i really dig the modern avante groovy blues style of john medeski(, martin , and wood).

anyway enough almost for now about me. https://shakeonthemove/santeven is a link to some of my mp3 recordings. they're all single takes with no layering or remix. the originals are all impromptu, improvisations i just sat down and played as opposed to compositions. aborigin edit is (i think) the best four minutes from the twenty minute aborigin blues. do nothing... and them apples are mic'ed accoustic piano, and all the rest are from digital.

so thanks again to all lpj, and i welcome any comments, constuctive criticism, flame, or whatever regarding my ideas and the music.
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