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The Lineage of Modern Jazz Piano

by Richie Beirach

A history and profiles of the ten most influential jazz pianists of the past 100 years as told by Richie Beirach. 

Read Richie’s insightful detail and color to each of these pianists and explains as only he can why they each changed jazz.

"Richie is one of the great explainers of difficult concepts that can be understood both in academia and on the street."
Dave Liebman
Dave Liebman
Musician, Educator

Soft cover edition: $19.95

Digital editions: $9.99

Audiobook edition

As a bonus, this expanded edition includes Richie's thoughts on Bill Evans' improvised introductions to Nardis

Excerpt from the book: Now, you might ask if the content of this intro was really that different in terms of harmonic vocabulary. Yes! These were much more contemporary harmonic and melodic ideas than he would normally use in the context of playing his tunes with the bass and drums.

Bill studied and played the great music of the 20th century composers like Scriabin, Prokofieff, Ravel, and Berg. He also loved and played Rachmaninoff.

“Bill was a combination of Bud Powell with a little lighter touch and the beautiful voicings of George Shearing. And of course, he was also influenced by Ravel and Debussy, Scriabin, Chopin, and Rachmaninoff, especially in his ballads– Richie

You're about to discover...

An understanding of how each jazz great lead to the next

Very few of even the greatest music masters develop a style in isolation from what came before. Learn the aspects of each of these players that influence future greats.

Richie's view of these master's distinctive voicings

For Bill Evans, McCoy Tyner, and Bud Powell, see an example of a harmony or voicing that distinguished them.

How jazz piano evolved over the past 100 years

The jazz played by Art Tatum was very different from the jazz of Bud Powell, who was very different from McCoy. Explore how not just piano, but jazz harmony and improvisation evolved through these 10 masters.

These master's most important recordings

At the end of each chapter, see the three most important albums chosen by Richie for that particular pianist.

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Inception
Cinematic @ 68 bpm
Inception
Cinematic @ 68 bpm
Milky Way
Ethereal @ 100 bpm
Milky Way
Ethereal @ 100 bpm
I-VI-II-V
Jazz @ 140 bpm
I-VI-II-V
Jazz @ 140 bpm
Caribbean Express
Salsa @ 165 bpm
Caribbean Express
Salsa @ 165 bpm
Dawn of a New Day
Soul @ 85 bpm
Dawn of a New Day
Soul @ 85 bpm
Spinning Top
Jazz Waltz @ 140 bpm
Spinning Top
Jazz Waltz @ 140 bpm
Sails Full Open
Contemporary @ 120 bpm
Sails Full Open
Contemporary @ 120 bpm
Summer's Dawn
Jazz Waltz @ 110 bpm
Summer's Dawn
Jazz Waltz @ 110 bpm
The Benji Pad
Ethereal @ 100 bpm
The Benji Pad
Ethereal @ 100 bpm
St. Thomas Block Party
Calypso @ 114 bpm
St. Thomas Block Party
Calypso @ 114 bpm
Island Mines
World Music @ 112 bpm
Island Mines
World Music @ 112 bpm
Disco Marley
Reggae-ish @ 110 bpm
Disco Marley
Reggae-ish @ 110 bpm
Earthen Choir
Ethereal @ 92 bpm
Earthen Choir
Ethereal @ 92 bpm
Jungle Dance
Cinematic @ 130 bpm
Jungle Dance
Cinematic @ 130 bpm
Bailey's Waltz
Jazz Waltz @ 110 bpm
Bailey's Waltz
Jazz Waltz @ 110 bpm
Afternoon Daydreaming
Samba @ 90 bpm
Afternoon Daydreaming
Samba @ 90 bpm
Galactica
Epic @ 100 bpm
Galactica
Epic @ 100 bpm
Lush Life
Funk @ 90 bpm
Lush Life
Funk @ 90 bpm
Eleuthera
Bolero @ 90 bpm
Eleuthera
Bolero @ 90 bpm
Good Bye
Ethereal @ 90 bpm
Good Bye
Ethereal @ 90 bpm
Southside Strut
Funk @ 100 bpm
Southside Strut
Funk @ 100 bpm
Standing outside
Bossa @ 150 bpm
Standing outside
Bossa @ 150 bpm
Groovy Jazzy
Jazz funk @ 112 bpm
Groovy Jazzy
Jazz funk @ 112 bpm
Sound Refuge
Eclectic - no temp
Sound Refuge
Eclectic - no temp
Dreaming of Mars
Static harmony without a tempo
Dreaming of Mars
Static harmony without a tempo
Beat Sweeper
Jazz @ 180 bpm
Beat Sweeper
Jazz @ 180bpm
Cruisin'
Fast Americana @ 224 bpm
Cruisin'
Fast Americana @ 224 bpm
Contemplation
Smooth @ 120 bpm
Contemplation
Smooth @ 120 bpm

This is just a fake book example for the type of website I can build for you. Just trying to use a little humor here!