hi guys, i'd like to know some of your favourite jazz pianists at the moment.  i feel like i know very little about jazz piano outside the great (and somewhat old) players, and would love to discover some new artists.  thanks for any info.
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one of the best relatively new artists is brad mehldau, he's one of the only ones trying to stretch.  aaron parks is good, very young, but hasn't quite developed his own sound yet.
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that's correct.

now learn the final two:  

thanks scot, i have some brad mehldau stuff and really like him.  was unable to find much info on aaron parks though; he got any records out?
there are lots.  check out alan broadbent, david hazeltine, mulgrew miller, and of course my great teacher, randy porter.  there are so many it's hard to pick names.
and in the minors, an 11th.
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i have about 400 pianists in there. 80% jazz :)

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also, note that the cm7b5 is also known as c half-diminished 7 (circle w/slash)
brad mehldau is one of my current faves. a future great who is alive, in his prime and younger than me (by a couple of years). his tour schedule looks punishing - but i will wait until he visits the uk in a trio setting.

i am getting so much from listening to a handful of his tracks - really love moon river with its improvised classical sound!

all you professionals out there- is "half-diminished" common lingo, or is minor7b5 used more?

to me minor7b5 makes more sense, because that chord in no way functions like a diminished chord-it functions as an altered ii chord.
check out brad on the art of the trio series.  i especially liked his use of bell sounds on "the young at heart"
o, so it's just tensions added to those 7th chords.. ah.. i c
i try to like him, but i find mehldau cold and uninviting.  the recent album with pat metheney hasn't helped change my view.  i prefer rough customers, like the bad plus.

just my opinion.

hi jazz guy,

there have been discussions here in the past about which makes more sense, but those discussions are kinda moot since both are used :)  

for what it's worht, if i'm writing a chart, it's faster for me to use the circle thingy than to write m7b5 - in sibelius it's ctrl-shft-o :)
listen to jon weber - brilliant player and composer.

*worth* not worht :)
my favourate jazz pianists are:
george duke,
oscar peterson and
diana krall
i agree with dr. whack. it is easier to write and read for me. the m7b5 is distracting for me, but it is a matter of personal preference.
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my favorites are just some local guys that nobody has ever heard of, but  a tier or twenty above that...
kenny werner.... dave frank...and some gurl i heard at ryles in boston a couple of years ago and i still havn't figured out her name.
saw kenny werner live at mit in boston....great to watch..very versatile
7 progression, i call it a m7b5.

in a progression resolving to the minor i (ie. ii7-v7alt-im ), the half-diminished moniker seems to me to be more appropriate.

but not everyone agrees.

and not only that, not everyone knows how to find the symbol with a computer keyboard [btw it's alt+0216 ].

so the "m7b5" symbol definitely gets used more when typing.

but when speaking among musicians, it seems to me (on reflection) that "half-diminished" might get more use when spoken.
it's not very often i disagree with sid, but i have to say that i loved the metheny mehldhau album!

another very popular modern pianist to consider is esbjorn svensson and there are some cracking young british players to check out such as gareth williams and gwilym simcock.
thanks, 7, for that tip:
= alt + 0216
oh, and jason rebello as well...
my favorite current players would probably be kevin hays and brad mehldau. i also really like aaron parks; i don't really agree that he hasn't grown into his own voice yet, to my ears he sounds really distinctive.

uri caine is also one of my favorites, as is jason moran - truly creative players. danny grissett and kenny werner are also favorites of mine.

oops - i forgot to mention two of my very favorites that just slipped my mind: vijay iyer and aaron goldberg!
favorites come and go.  but who will still be standing twenty or thirty years from now.
yes, uri caine is awesome - he can seemingly do anything! i too found brad a bit cold and intellectual at first but i've grown to appreciate him more.

one of my favourites is geoff keezer - i think he has a really original touch, with a beautiful classical technique, and he's an amazing improvisor. and what about michel petrucciani - ok so not exactly young (and sadly no longer with us), but  what an amazing spirit!

larry goldings (also a great organist) is fantastic too.

thanks guys...this list will keep me busy i'm sure!
glynn's two cents:

i would have agreed with sid, that brad had a more distant (cold?) sound, but then i listened to some stuff that i coudnt find on the web.  i really like how he approaches faster lighter songs, and now my view has completely changed.

most of the stuff on the web that he plays is slower and can seem uninviting at first, but i enjoy those songs now.
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