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Am listening to a take of "Gloria's Step" and have to say that I have never heard a piano trio that is so complete, in the pocket, ...just so there.

 

Bill is amazing, but Scott's bass playing wasn't matched in melodicism until Jaco came along and Motian's fills and cymbal work are sublimely laid back.

 

Any jazz piano fans have current favorite trios who follow in their footsteps?

 

Have a bunch of Mehldau, Hersch, Cyrus Chestnut...who am I missing?

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Find some Erroll Garner - almost any album will do.  The classic performance is Concert by the Sea, which is not a great technical recording but captures the amazing interplay of a true innovator whose brain is hard wired to those of his bass player and drummer.  Try The Greatest Garner on Atlantic, another wonderful collection of him with bass and drums.

 

I love the early drumless Oscar Peterson trio albums, especially At the Stratford Shakespearean Festival.  With Ray Brown and Herb Ellis as equal partners, Peterson just cruises in the groove at all tempos in all styles.

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Michel Pettrucciani most certainly followed in the footsteps of Bill Evans, often with great success (not consistently so). Try Pianism, Power of Three (with Jim Hall and Wayne Shorter), and even ... Live at the Village Vanguard (he literally followed Bill's footsteps there in 1984).

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Love "Power of Three", a super group of some of the most musical cats to play jazz.

 

Have shared that recording with friends who were not sure they liked jazz and they became believers.

 

Being a huge fan of Wayne Shorter, who I became aware of in a 1978 performance of Weather Report in a small venue between Boston and NYC sitting on the floor in front of Jaco (one of a handful of music performances that I felt transcended the mortal) and a fan of Jim Hall who I found through Metheny, was introduced to Michel Pettrucciani.   Unlike Bill Evans, Michel could play too many notes...but when he was on, his melodicism shone.

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