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Album Review

Pure Liz Story bypasses piano great Story's late-career artistic wanderings in favor of doing exactly what the title promises: presenting her as an innovator who's most at home seated behind a piano bench alone. Tracks from all her best-loved discs surface here; the first three are from her stunning 1983 debut, Solid Colors, but the rest skip back and forth across her decades-long discography. Traditional songs — Ellington's "I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)," Weill's "Mack the Knife" — rub shoulders with original signatures such as "Toy Soldiers" (from Part of Fortune) and "Captain April" (from 17 Seconds to Anywhere), but the most pleasant surprise is saved for last. "Valse D'Amelie," from the film Amelie, is romance run through a well-worn keyboard. It's presented here as a bonus track.

Biography

Born: 1957 in Southern California, CA

Genre: New Age

Years Active: '80s, '90s

Story studied classical piano while growing up in Southern California and even thought about becoming a music librarian or theorist for a while. Then she heard jazz pianist Bill Evans at a New York club, and the experience changed her perspective on music overnight. Story, who had studied at Juilliard and was enrolled at Hunter College at the time, abandoned her academic program in favor of jazz lessons with Sanford Gold, a teacher Evans had recommended. Back in Los Angeles, she continued her musical...
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