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The Piano
will start a new chapter as Hines did in the '20s, Wilson in the '30s, Powell in the '40s. For this writer the most promising signs have emanated from the work of Bernard Peiffer, a Frenchman active in this country since early 1955, and esteemed by Barry Ulanov as the legatee of Tatum's mantle. Certainly Peiffer has his own style, a soul and fire and dynamism rare among jazzmen; certainly he makes full use of both hands and is fully equipped to express vertical and linear ideas. To Ulanov and to this writer he seems to possess a beat compatible with these other virtues; to some critics he swings less and is too much concerned with technique. If time provides a negative answer one should not be unduly disturbed, for there is satisfaction enough in the reflection that jazz produced one Art Tatum during its first half century.