original inspiration was Art Tatum
. In fact, the classically trained pianist discovered jazz by hearing a Tatum
record broadcast over the Voice of America in his native Poland. In 1997, he revisited his "roots" for this CD, performing 13 selections and a melody by Chopin
in the style of Art Tatum
, no easy feat. Makowicz
has always had phenomenal technique and is certainly up to the job on this set of unaccompanied solos, as he shows on such numbers as "Humoresque," "I Know That You Know," "Begin the Beguine," "Caravan" and "Just One of Those Things."