Noel Lee, who died this morning aged 88, was the first pianist I heard play Aaron Copland. Or Elliott Carter. Or Charles Ives. Or a host of other American composers whose solo piano music was not considered sexy enough for European recital rooms.
Noel recorded the lot, and more. Over a long career and on lots of small labels, he made more than 200 albums.
A Nadia Boulanger pupil, he taught a various US colleges but mostly applied himself to performances and recording. First tribute here.