He explores the recordings of Nat King Cole, whose success in the mainstream has sometimes obscured his innovations as a pianist and improviser.
He makes the case for Kansas City hero Jay McShann, a master rhythm pianist whose band launched the career of saxophonist Charlie Parker
He unearths some hidden gems from the late Ray Charles, whose instrumental ability was central to his achievements as a popular singer.
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The focus is on Mose Allison, whose distinctive
piano style draws on bebop and Delta blues.