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Don McFarlane, jazz piano player is about my interest in piano jazz.  Alto saxophonist Paul Desmond once referred to his own sound as being “like a dry martini”.  When I hear a jazz piano player, I’m reminded of the great single-malt scotch whiskys.  The whiskys are pure in their origins, each coming from nothing more than malted barley, yeast, and water.  But, the variation from one whisky to the next can be wide, depending on the region where it originates, and the master distiller who imbues the final product with his own unique personality.  Similarly, the great piano players start with the pure sound of the acoustic grand piano and bring their own artistic sense to their playing.  The variation from one to the next is significant, and each has their own unique personality.  The result is music that I can study for the rest of my life and never tire of it.