Michael Deak studied vibes with Bobby Hutcherson as a teen and played them professionally for some time, but in 1959, when the landmark “Kind of Blue” album came out, Bill Evans’s playing led him to add piano. Although he won 1st place for vibes in several Lighthouse Jazz Festivals, by then he was already composing. and eventually won awards for both jazz and classical works. Two of his guitar pieces, performed by Gregg Nestor and Ray Burley, can be found on Cambria’s “Kaleidoscope” CD. His collaborations with Jarrett as a lyricist, eight of which can be found in the Shop, began after Mike came to hear Borrowed Time one night in Pasadena.