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Larry Willis


Once identified with on-the-edge totally free music, keyboardist Larry Willis had a profitable flirtation with fusion within the ’70s, after that moved to very difficult bop within the ’80s and ’90s. Willis’ performing continues to be frenetic, ambitious, and interesting, but during his jazz-rock and fusion times it had been funky but significantly restrained and simplistic. A devotee of Herbie Hancock, Willis offers found an excellent stability, with expertly built modal solos and in addition lyrical, relaxed claims. Willis graduated through the Manhattan College of Music in the first ’60s, after that used Jackie McLean and Hugh Masekela. He documented with Lee Morgan and McLean within the middle-’60s, and caused Kai Winding and Stan Getz, in addition to documenting with Robin Kenyatta in 1969. Willis considered synthesizer and electrical piano within the ’70s, performing classes with Cannonball Adderley, Earl Might, Joe Henderson, Richard “Groove” Holmes, and Masekela once again. He became a member of Blood, Perspiration & Tears in 1972, documented with Alphonse Mouzon both in 1972 and 1973, and do dates like a innovator and freelance program musician. Willis also documented with Ryo Kawasaki and Sonny Lot of money in the past due ’70s, along with David “Fathead” Newman and Carla Bley within the ’80s. Willis toured and documented with Nat Adderley within the ’80s and became a member of Woody Shaw’s quintet in 1986. He’s completed sessions like a innovator for Groove Vendor, Steeplechase, Audioquest, Brunswick, and Mapleshade, amongst others, including Blue Fable and Giving on Highnote in 2007 and 2008, respectively.

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Full Name Larry Willis
Profession Jazz Pianist
Education Manhattan School of Music, Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School
Nationality American
Music Songs Inner Crisis, 153rd Street Theme, Out on the Coast, Bahamian Street Dance, Three-Four Movement, Who's Kidding Who, To Wisdom, the Prize, Journey's End, Rhythm-A-Ning, This Time the Dream's on Me, Punkin Juice, Theme From Star Trek, Te Quiero Mi Hermano, Pete's Rock, Condor's Flight, Aunt Hallie, A Single Petal of a Rose, Lotus Blossom, Homage to O.P., It Could Happen to You, Blood Count, After the Morning, Embraceable You, Lu and Shu, Steppin' Easy, Trees, Soul Eyes, Daydream, Five 'n' Free, CJ's Riff
Albums Inner Crisis, In Concert, No Sweat, New Blood, Brand New Day, Mirror Image, Blood, Sweat & Tears Greatest Hits, Big Sweet n' Blue, Gentle Giant of the Tenor Sax, Portraits in Ivory and Brass, Barge Burns...Slide Flies, The Powers of Two, Let's Play, The Powers of Two, Vol. 2, Alter Ego, Steal Away, Bookie's Cookbook, If Trees Could Talk, Gettin' It Done, The Offering, Mosaic, Every Rung Goes Higher, How Do You Keep the Music Playing?, Solo Spirit, A Tribute to Someone (feat. Curtis Fuller, John Stubblefield, Tom Williams, David Williams, Ben Riley), Sanctuary, Unforgettable, Heavy Blue, Just in Time, Sunny, For Real, Blue Fable, Never Let Me Go, Alone Together, Sunshower, When It's Time, The Mellow Side of Clifford Jordan, The Best of the Funky Blues from The Groove Merchant Vault

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