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Ken Berman (2008)

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Pianist Ken Berman has played stages from Carnegie Hall in New York City, where he was born, to Yoshi’s in San Francisco, where he now lives. He has been compared with both Bill Evans and Keith Jarrett, and Le Monde of Paris (another city where he’s played) has called his style “fluid and erudite”.

Like Evans and Jarrett, he favors the piano trio, for which format he’s adept at composing as well as playing: almost half of his first recording and the entirety of his second consisted of originals, and expectations are that his third will, likewise.

Educationally, he continues to be bi-coastal: he’s studied at Berklee School of Music in Boston, and in California has taught at Stanford and at UC Berkeley, where he’s on the music faculty.
Pick Artist Album Song Label
# 1 Duke Ellington Piano Reflections Reflections in D (Capitol)
# 2 Miles Davis Kind of Blue Flamenco Sketches (Columbia)
# 3 John Coltrane Giant Steps Naima (Atlantic)
# 4 Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong Ella and Louis Again Let's Call the Whole Thing Off (Verve)
# 5 Miles Davis The Complete Concert: 1964 (My Funny Valentine and "Four" & More) Stella by Starlight (Columbia)
# 6 Miles Davis Nefertiti Pinocchio (Columbia)
# 7 Pat Metheny Rejoicing Lonely Woman (ECM)
# 8 Keith Jarrrett Still Live My Funny Valentine (ECM)
# 9 Bill Evans Waltz for Debby My Foolish Heart (Riverside)
Book Thich Nhat Hanh, "Present Moment, Wonderful Moment"
Luxury Item A Hamburg Steinway concert grand piano
Alternate Picks/Not Broadcast
Alt 1 The Beatles Abbey Road   (EMI)
Alt 2 John Coltrane A Love Supreme   (Impulse)
Alt 3 John Coltrane Crescent   (Impulse)
Alt 4 Chick Corea Now He Sings, Now He Sobs   (Blue Note)
Alt 5 Miles Davis Sketches of Spain   (Columbia)
Alt 6 Miles Davis Miles Ahead My Ship (Columbia)
Alt 7 Bob Dylan Blood on the Tracks   (Columbia)
Alt 8 Herbie Hancock, Michael Brecker and Roy Hargrove Directions in Music   (Verve)
Alt 9 Herbie Hancock Maiden Voyage   (Blue Note)
Alt 10 Keith Jarrett At the Blue Note: The Complete Recordings   (ECM)
Alt 11 Brad Mehldau Art of the Trio, Vol. 3: Songs   (Warner Bros)
Alt 12 Brad Mehldau Day Is Done   (Nonesuch)
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