does not dote on the styles of Tristano and Monk, electing to go his
own way, and properly so. Simple lines and melodic musings are the
hallmark of this fine player. His original tunes are methodically
beautiful. His interpretation of the compositions of others may linger
momentarily in appreciation of their legacy, but he wisely follows his
own dictates and methods. He is not a slavish victim of Tristano's
clique, nor of Monk's quirkiness...The message is clear in this
recording...'Swing For The People' and this is done with clarity and
"Mr. Kanan is an articulate pianist, and his trio...adheres to a melodic and unhurried variety of post-bop."
"...Sterling solo work from pianist Michael Kanan..."
Michael Kanan seems to have a telepathic connection to [Jane] Monheit,
unobtrusive while creating a perfect foundation that keeps pace
wherever her vocal wanderings lead. His tinkling, lightly woven solo on
"Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" was one of the instrumental
highlights of the evening, while he played as a celestial partner in
Kanan is an interesting pianist. His often sparse, inventive
improvisations were a delight; a refreshing change from crashing
cascades that often fill every part of the keyboard."