Bill Mays, Solo! (Mays). The pianist performs compositions by some of his forerunners, among them Monk, Rowles, Evans, Shearing, Hancock and Sonny Clark. There are no studio or production gimmicks here. It’s just Mays, a Steinway, an attentive audience, good sound and lighting, smooth camera work and alert direction. From the opening “Cool Struttin’” by Clark to “Monk’s Mood” at the end, Mays does more than pay tribute. He upholds quality and tradition while confirming his place in a distinguished succession of pianists.