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Kris Bowers On 'Piano Jazz: Rising Stars'

Kris Bowers opens this session with a soulful, prepared-piano version of Juan Tizol's "Caravan": "It's important to remember that [the piano] is a percussive instrument." (Lauren Desberg)

Kris Bowers began his classical piano studies as a toddler in Los Angeles. In 2011, more than a few years later, he walked away with the top honor at the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition — a major career boost for the Juilliard student. From prepared piano to quiet ballads, he keeps a wide sonic palette in orbit at the Piano Jazz studios throughout this set of tunes.

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