Any jazz pianist with the courage to record solo deserves our respect. Sans bassist and drummer, he stands naked, as vulnerable as a stand-up comic or a wire-walker who's thrown aside his net. If the soloist also happens to be an elegant classicist who combines the dazzle of Chick Corea with the formalism of Bill Evans, we listeners are doubly blessed. Enter Michael Pagan, a music prof who teaches jazz history and arranging at the University of Colorado at Boulder and doubles as one of most accomplished pianists in the region. Pagan's new CD on the... More >>>