Not the rockabilly guitarist/vocalist - rather, the exceptional but little-known West Coast pianist. Carl Perkins was born in Indianapolis, IN in 1928 and eventually settled in Los Angeles in the late 1940s where he passed away in 1958, at the age of only 29. He was a classic hard bop pianist whose original technique and conception were dictated by a crippled left arm.
Despite this handicap and a very short career,Perkins played with Tiny Bradshaw and Big Jay McNeely, before he relocated to the West Coast. He was with Oscar Moore's trio (1953-1954) and with the Max Roach-Clifford Brown Quintet (1954), but is acknowledged for his recordings with Curtis Counce (1956-1958).
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