DVD: Bill Mays

Mays DVD.jpgBill 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.

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  1. says

    Bill is another favorite of mine.
    His beautiful touch, imagination,creativity and sensitivity astound me.
    I worked with Bill on a local tv show in San Diego about 30 plus years ago. He had the trio.. looked over the chart for a minute and took off!! Did a great job and it was fun besides. I’m a big fan of Bill’s and even more impressed with what he has accomplished.