the reknowned classical pianist liked to play jazz in his spare time.
here is a link to him improvising tea for two



what do you people think of his playing & style?
and yes, he obviously has speedy fingers!


regards
andy
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thanks for posting it - i was surprised that he played.  

i didn't think it sounded very good. time was bad, and a lot of tasteless tricks were employed to just play fast. harmonically i didn't like what he was going for, either. art tatum's use of harmony is a lot more interesting, if we can compare them as a part of the same time period of solo piano style.

still, interesting to hear. in classical music, i really love his playing.

hm
i've listened to it maybe 10 times now trying to get the feel of what he was going for.  i found it interesting, and astounding for speed.
beyond that, it neither sounds nor feels good to me.  jarrett is known for bending time, but here i was hard pushed to hear three bars played at the same rate.  it's very disjointed.
you mentioned tatum; over on larry's 'pianofacts forum' in the jazz section i posted links to five versions of tatum playing t42, all of which are musically superior.  

regards

andy
what i heard was a masterful classical pianist taking a stab at the jazz idiom.  nothing wrong with that.  but i don't think he has the game of tatum or oscar peterson.  a reminder too that slow passages can be played in jazz that are tasteful and elegant enough without hurky jerky cadences.
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