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Bill Mays Trio

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 for Trend (1983). In 1984, Mays moved to New York and since then he has worked with Murphy, Gerry Mulligan, Ron Carter, James Moody, Sonny Stitt, Art Pepper, and the Mel Lewis Orchestra, among others. In the late 80's Mays recorded for DMP (duet records with Ray Drummond) and in 1992 released several discs on Concord. These dates found Mays in a variety of settings, beginning with the unaccompanied Live at Maybeck Recital Hall, Vol. 26 (Bill Mays at Maybeck), followed by a trio date An Ellington Affair, a duet with guitarist Ed Bickett Concord Duo, Vol. 7: Bill Mays and Ed Bickert and finallly backed by a full band on Mays in Manhattan. In 2001 the pianist recorded his 11th album as a leader and his first for the Palmetto label, Summer Sketches, followed two years later by Going Home. ~ Scott Yanow, Rovi
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I'm a classic rocker Still this mellows . out a Rock evening
Hi! Did you know that Smile was Michael Jackson's favourite song?
miilmoks
every time i hear this song and specific version it is moving.
m.smith97
The Piano played like this is Always So Sweet. It never goes out of style either.
Sweeet
Nice touch.
james.cecil5 5
My brother just recorded an album with Bill Mays. I hope it makes it to Pandora.
Bill Evans would feel right at home playing a Billy Mays chart.
pfaurie
Great feeling at his finger tips, humble
Great listening
Instanly "likeable"
Wonderful playing. Reminds me kind of Ellis Marsalis.
bfotsch456
Great flow
Great piano technique/to u c h .
I REALLY ENJOY LISTENING TO THIS ARTIST !
I hear the structural resemblence to Previn but AP rarely has the rhythmic pulse in the improvisatio n a l "monologues" like May.

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