This one is for Tom!
Nicolai Kapustin is a classically-trained composer who has so fully absorbed the jazz idiom that he writes a unique fusion of jazz and classical, using classical forms with jazz harmony and rhythms.
Among his works are the op. 53 24 Preludes for piano, of which we hear the 1st in the series here, in C-major (yeah, right... it starts and ENDS in C )
He has written also a monumental set of 24 Preludes and Fugues as well as 10 piano sonatas and numerous other pieces. This piece asked for a metronome setting of between 160 and 176bpm - I really liked the "feel" of 140 instead, but pushed it up to 160 indeference to the composer
This is a wild romp of a piece
I felt the JaBB Steinway was appropriate!