Chris Anderson: Where or When

Anderson is perhaps better known by reputation - as a mentor and teacher to Herbie Hancock - rather than for his own piano work. This is a shame. But the record labels bear most of the blame here. Very little of Anderson's music was recorded. Try to find a copy of his 1961 trio recording . . . Good luck, my friend! This 1987 solo piano session is a little easier to obtain, and is worth the effort. No pianist of his generation had a more profound sense of jazz chord voicings, and this version of the Rodgers and Hart standard is a textbook of harmonic reconstruction. If you've got the ears for big, thick keyboard textures, this artist is for you. In an age in which harmonic minimalism was on the rise, Anderson was the king of the maximalists.

February 12, 2008 · 1 comment


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