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  • Lee Bloom (2008)

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    Born in Columbus, Ohio, Lee Bloom exchanged a secure day job as an award-winning licensed architect in San Francisco for the less-than-secure life of a jazz piano player. But talent will win out, and in the intervening years Lee has made a name for himself as one of the Bay Area's most tasteful
    accompanists for vocalists and instrumentalists alike. At the time of his “Desert Island Jazz” experience, he accompanies and arranges for vocalist Jonathan Poretz, and is a member of Palindrome and, notably the quartet led by the great Hal Stein, for whose excellent and recent “Spirit” recording Lee was both pianist and producer.

    While jazz is the core of his life, Lee's musicianship and interests are far from one-dimensional: as a pianist, he contributed to the forthcoming tribute recording to bluegrass icon Hazel Dickens, accompanying vocalists Elvis Costello, Rosanne Cash and Madeleine Peyroux; and as a session player, he has contributed to a variety of recording projects ranging from straight-ahead jazz, of course, to folk, funk, heavy metal and even country & western. He also writes, not just music, but words: he has had his writings on jazz published as a contributor to the All Music Guide to Jazz, 3rd edition, and his work can also be found online at and
    Pick Artist Album Song Label
    # 1 Tommy Flanagan Trio Overseas Relaxin' at Camarillo (OJC)
    # 2 Tony Williams Lifetime: The Collection Proto-Cosmos (Columbia)
    # 3 Ahmad Jamal Cross-Country Tour: 1958-1961 Darn That Dream (GRP)
    # 4 Paul Bowles Black Star at the Point of Darkness Prelude #1 for Piano (Psalmodia Sub Rosa)
    # 5 Patsy Cline The Patsy Cline Collection Crazy (MCA)
    # 6 Miles Davis Sorceror Pee Wee (Columbia)
    # 7 Sonny Clark Trio Standards Dancing in the Dark (Blue Note)
    # 8 Barry Harris Maybeck Recital Hall Series, Volume 12 Would You Like to Take a Walk? (Concord)
    # 9 Elmo Hope Trio The All-Star Sessions La Berthe (Milestone)
    # 10 Herbie Hancock Gershwin's World My Man's Gone Now (Verve)
    # 11 Doc Pomus, featuring Hal Stein Blues in the Red Blues in the Red (Revola)
    # 12 James Booker New Orleans Piano Wizard: Live! On the Sunny Side of the Street (Rounder)
    Book Steven Hill, "Ten Steps to Repair American Democracy"
    Luxury Item For a large island, a Fazioli piano;
    for a small island, a MacBook Air laptop
    Alternate Picks/Not Broadcast
    Alt 1 Serge Chaloff Blue Serge A Handful of Stars (Capitol)
    Alt 2 Sonny Clark Jimmy Raney Quartet Once in a While (Vogue)
    Alt 3 Barry Harris Trio At the Jazz Workshop Lolita (OJC)
    Alt 4 Hampton Hawes Trio Memorial Album Jumpin' Jacques (Xanadu)
    Alt 5 Keith Jarrett The Melody at Night with You My Wild Irish Rose (ECM)
    Alt 6 Wynton Kelly Trio Piano Interpretations Where or When (Blue Note)
    Alt 7 Dave McKenna A Celebration of Hoagy Carmichael Riverboat Shuffle (Concord)
    Alt 8 Dave McKenna A Celebration of Hoagy Carmichael Lazy River (Concord)
    Alt 9 Bud Powell The Amazing Bud Powell, Vol. 2 Glass Enclosure (Blue Note)
    Alt 10 Sonny Rollins The Sound of Sonny What Is There to Say? (OJC)
    Alt 11 Ben Webster and Harry "Sweets" Edison Ben and Sweets Kitty (Columbia)
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