Jaki Byard (left) and Tommy Flanagan. Tom Copi/Resonance Records hide caption toggle caption Tom Copi/Resonance Records A Blog Supreme Piano Vs. Piano, And Why Style Matters April 25, 2013 In 1982, Jaki Byard and Tommy Flanagan played a duet date in San Francisco. Both pianists were of equal stature, among the best-respected in jazz history. But a newly released recording of that event illustrates why their differences are plenty interesting, too.