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Skinny Hightower


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After acquiring positive reception from his label debut Emotions and reaching #1 on the Smooth Jazz Billboards with his first single Taboo, Skinny Hightower seeks to stake his claim as a smooth jazz powerhouse with his third effort Retrospect, set to release later this year.
Skinny Hightower (born November 12, 1985) is an American jazz pianist, drummer, bass player, and producer. He is known to have worked particularly within the smooth jazz community as a producer and session musician for nearly a decade but didn't begin working as a solo artist until 2015. He claims to listen to nearly every genre of music excluding smooth jazz, stating that he wants to always have a fresh perspective without presenting a stale expression of his interpretations.
Skinny's piano influences include Bill Evans, Joe Sample, Oscar Peterson, Earl Hines, Bud Powell, Keith Jarrett, Michel Petrucciani, Art Tatum, Erroll Garner, Phineas Newborn Jr., and Thelonious Monk. After diving more into the instrument, Skinny claims that his favorite pianist is Bill Evans while Joe Sample has had the strongest influence on his playing since the release of Emotions.
"People didn't really get to hear my piano influences on 'Emotions' as I was just getting a feel for the instrument. But on 'Retrospect', people will definitely get to hear it."
Skinny now gears up to release "Retrospect", what he hopes will be a highlight in his music career as he navigates the trail of becoming a smooth jazz great.


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