Walter Bishop Jr.
Sentimental, driving and deeply rooted in the blues are the best ways to describe Bishop's piano playing, which consistently suited its surroundings whether he was in the role of leader or sideman. His style was lively and generally fleshed out melodies with lush chords and sprightly single-note runs. Developing the harmonic, right-hand playing of Erroll Garner into a sound of his own, Bishop helped to develop and further bebop, performing on many classic recordings. Bishop played with just about every major jazz performer at one time or another: Art Blakey, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins and Thelonius Monk to name a few.