Listening to this Rudy Smith original from the 1989 DELOS album "Jazz n' Steel from Trinidad And Tobago", the thought occurred to me that this is why I do not like to use superlatives like "the greatest this" and the "best that" when it comes to artistic talent , though there are clear exceptions.
There are quite a few really great jazz panists around, but as to who is the best?
Who is the greatest?
Who knows ?
I certainly will not presume to judge.
But one thing I do know.
By any measure, Rudy "Two Lef" Smith is one extraordinarily talented panist and jazz musician.
Check this one out if you don't believe me.