Nat “King” Cole, Dave Brubeck, Bud Powell, Thelonius Monk, and Bill Evans in that order were major influences in my modern jazz piano-playing. I can hear snippets of all their styles when I play. Nat for his lyrical and singular style, Dave for his cluster of chords style, Bud for his speed and energy, Monk for his unusual interpretation of a song’s chords. But, it was Bill who allowed me to have some “breathing” space, so to speak , in my playing. I loved his style of playing because it allowed you, the listener, to really hear the essence of a melody and not be overwhelmed with the speed or intensity of a musician’s playing. When he came on the scene, that more or less “open” style was unusual but Bill soon found his followers one of the first being Miles Davis.