Music: Traveling Without a Map

Pianist John Jarvis brings a dose of funk to the New Age

It is not really his fault, mind, but some confusion has always attended John Jarvis' music. When he was pumping the piano in Rod Stewart's band, he bore down hard on the rockers. Then he would slip on down the street to another recording studio and move gently along the keys for an Art Garfunkel ballad. When Stewart and Garfunkel once got to comparing the merits of their favorite keyboardists, it took them a while to realize that they were both talking about Jarvis.

When Jarvis, 33, finally sat down to play some of the tunes he had worked up over...

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