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Pianists Richie Beirach & Andy LaVerne have each made a number of first rate solo releases, so a follow up to there earlier collaboration, "Universal Mind," was essential. This time they're on separate keyboards rather than sharing one instrument. They kick things off with an aggressive daredevil take of Wayne Shorter's "Footprints," followed by brilliant interpretations of other classics like "So What," "Monk's Dream," and "In Your Own Sweet Way." The intense closer is a no-holds-barred version of McCoy Tyner's "Passion Dance." Highly recommended for fans of jazz piano.


Born: 04 December 1947 in New York, NY

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

A fine keyboardist who has ranged in styles from Bill Evans to Chick Corea and fusion, Andy LaVerne has managed to avoid predictability throughout his career. He began studying as a classical piano student at Juilliard when he was eight. After discovering jazz, LaVerne had some important lessons from Bill Evans. He toured with Woody Herman's big band (1973-1975), played with John Abercrombie, and Miroslav Vitous, and was with Stan Getz's group during 1977-1980, often playing electric piano. In the...
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