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Top 10 Jazz Piano Solos

Note: stay tuned over the coming months each of these “plain” lists is replaced with a full blog post with commentary on the items on the list (and, in some cases, the items that didn’t make the cut).

  1. Bud Powell: “Tempus Fugit” from Verve recordings, reissued on various collections.
  2. Herbie Hancock: “Dolphin Dance” from Maiden Voyage
  3. Thelonious Monk: “Bolivar Blues” from Monk’s Dream
  4. Phineas Newborn, Jr.: “Four” from the Great Jazz Piano of Phineas Newborn, Jr.
  5. McCoy Tyner: “Passion Dance” from the Real McCoy
  6. Wynton Kelly: “Someday My Prince Will Come” from Someday My Prince Will Come by Miles Davis
  7. Joanne Brackeen: “Picasso” from Turnaround
  8. Bill Evans: “Oleo” from Everybody Digs Bill Evans
  9. Ahmad Jamal: “Wave” from Awakening
  10. Tommy Flanagan: “West Coast Blues” from Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery by Wes Montgomery

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  1. Great choices. These solos should be transcribed and memorized for jazz piano students.

  2. Marcus Smith

     /  November 20, 2014

    Thanks for this top 10 list Noah. Am going to learn all these solos. Am more a classical pianist than a jazzer- hopefully this will change.
    Regards ,
    Marcus.

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