Fascinating rhythmBMJ 2000; 320 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.320.7234.575 (Published 26 February 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:575
- David Cummins, clinical tutor
- Harefield Hospital, Middlesex
A pianist in the Bill Evans style, he is a respected figure on the London jazz scene. His earliest icon was George Shearing, whom he heard as a teenager, but among his strongest influences were Horace Silver and Thelonius Monk. Like many of his idols, rhythm is what drives him, especially the challenging and the complex. It was this that made his medical history so intriguing.
In his late 30s, when his style and technique were beginning to mature, he developed a persistent pulsating …