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This often wistful and nostalgic set features pianist Bill Mays at his best. His style is modern post-bop, thoughtful and adventurous yet swinging. With alert playing from bassist Martin Wind and drummer Matt Wilson, Mays performs four standards, a variety of originals, and Red Mitchell's "I'm a Homebody," which he sings. The music hints in spots at Bill Evans, but Mays has long had his own original voice. This outing, an example of high-quality modern mainstream piano playing, is one of Bill Mays' best.


Born: February 5, 1944 in Sacramento, CA

Genre: Jazz

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

A fine pianist, Bill Mays has often worked behind the scenes, leading to him being a somewhat overlooked jazz improviser. Mays worked in Los Angeles as a studio musician from the late '60s on, accompanying Sarah Vaughan (1972-1973) and Al Jarreau (1975), but mostly doing session work. In the early '80s, he began to record jazz as a sideman with Howard Roberts, Bud Shank, Bobby Shew, Road Work Ahead, and Mark Murphy. He recorded a duet date with Red Mitchell for ITI (1982) and led a quintet album...
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