Bill Charlap is one of my favourite contemporary pianists – while he is thoroughly within the ‘tradition’ his bravery to use space, the full range of the instrument and quicksilver imagination lifts all his playing above the ‘straight-ahead’ . Most of his recordings would fall under this category but don’t overlook him because of that.
This one’s taken from his ‘Stardust’ album – not one of my absolute top recordings but this solo performance of Skylark displays perfectly Charlap’s advanced harmonic approach over a well-worn standard. Definitely worth a little bit of study time, enjoy.
- Bill Charlap solo – Skylark (zip file with reference MP3)