Michael Royal . . .
Jazz Pianist, Michael Royal – developed his own sound, adapting the subtle harmonies of Ravel and Debussy into the harmonizations and voiceings of Coltrane, Monk, and Bill Evans. Royal is constantly searching new avenues of discovery. He plays music for the sheer love and beauty of it. His recordings pay homage to a number of jazz giants and to a variety of composers treating tunes with uncommon originality and demonstrating the broad compass of his abilities. While his ballad playing is sensitive and introspective, Royal is also a hard driving, swinging pianist deeply rooted in the jazz tradition.