If instruments are languages, then the piano is my mother tongue. Originally classically-trained, I joined the Dark Side when I found my Dad’s copy of Miles Davis’ Kind Of Blue and became hooked on jazz. I eventually found myself studying jazz and contemporary improvisation at York University, and wound up with a Specialized Honours degree.
But it didn’t stop there: my curious ears and hunger for musical knowledge keep my playing style wide-open. I've played with all sorts of people in all sorts of styles: straight-ahead jazz (solo, FreePlay Duo), R+B/soul (the Soul Foundation), world fusion (Autorickshaw , Kobena Aaqua Harrison), contemporary free improvisation, classical-meets-electronica (Lara St. John), rock (Honeymoon Suite)… and just about anything else in between.
I probably wouldn't win any prizes for speed or technical athleticism: I'm about trying to be a sensitive, communicative player, bringing a unique voice to the table while remaining open and faithful to the music and the moment.
Unless noted, all recordings made at my own FreePlay Studios.
1. Bebop Piano: "Soundcheck Bounce" (with Richie Piasetski, drums)
2. Pop Keyboard: "Other Side" (D. Bell)
3. Funk Organ: "Ambition" (B. Humphreys, recorded at Rogue Studios)
4. Free Improv, Solo Piano (D. Bell)
Your music is tremendous. Keep it coming!
Will Lee, Bassist, David Letterman's CBS Orchestra