Virtuoso pianist breathes new life into traditional Neapolitan songs.
Chicago trio which puts freedom to the forefront. Rob Clearfield – Islands [TrackList follows] – ears&eyes ee16-047, 57:36 [6/3/16] ****: (Rob Clearfield – piano, electric piano, organ, guitar, co-producer; Curt Bley – acoustic and electric bass; Quin Kirchner – drums) There’s a sense of self-determination on Chicago pianist Rob Clearfield’s first trio outing, the hour-long […]
Song Circus, “Anatomy of Sound” = RUBEN SVERRE GJERTSEN: Landscape with Figures; OLE-HENRIK MOE: Persefone – Song Circus – 2L-117 SABD, 56:59 SACD + 5.0 DTS audio-only Blu-ray (11/13/15) **1/2: Strange, spooky and not for everyone. Song Circus is an acclaimed a capella vocal sextet from Norway that specializes in works and improvisations using the […]
Four albums which encompass pianist Andrew Hill’s creativity. Andrew Hill – The Complete Remastered Recordings on Black Saint and Soul Note [TrackList follows] – CAM/Black Saint/Soul Note BXS 1039, CD 1: 40:32, CD 2: 42:06, CD 3: 48:10, CD 4: 43:46 [11/13/15] [Distr. by Harmonia mundi] ****: (CD 1: Faces of Hope, 1980. Andrew Hill […]
EINAUDI: “Taranta Project” – Ludovico Einaudi, piano/Rome Film Orch. /var. soloists (TrackList follows) – Ponderosa
Territory we’ve heard before but pretty entertaining nonetheless.
Preludes [TrackList follows] – John Roney, solo piano (live at the historic chapel Bon Pasteur) – Effendi
An amazing recital of generally non-jazz improvisations.
JEFFREY LEPENDORF: “Journeys Have Destinations of Which the Traveler in Unaware” = shakuhachi/ with Scott Fields, guitar – Albany
This odd combination is rather zen-like in its impact.
A celebration of melody in an iconic setting…
Art Lande, solo piano – Kiss in a Shadow [TrackList follows] – Blue Coast Records (avail. as hi-res download)
A fine encore to Lande’s earlier solo piano album for Blue Coast Records.
Paco de Lucia “En Vivo: Conciertos de España 2010” – Paco de Lucia, flamenco guitar & other performers – Emarcy (2-CDs)
Paco de Lucia in 2010, with a selection of eight “conciertos,” confirming his status as the most innovative and influential flamenco artist of the past three decades.
It’s difficult to know what to make of this very static experience, because we are not afforded the best possible presentation.
Music for a While: Improvisations on HENRY PURCELL – Philippe Jaroussky, countertenor/ Raquel Andueza, sop./ Vincenzo Capezzuto, alto/Dominique Visse, countertenor/ Gianluigi Trovesi, clar./ Wolfgang Muthspiel, acoustic guitar & elec. guitar/ L’Arpeggiata/ Christina Pluhar – Erato
Some concepts should die on the drawing table—this is one of them.
A wonderful tribute to the genius of Oscar Peterson from a classical artist.
A straight-ahead band with a collective sense of commitment to the music.
Yo-Yo Ma: A Playlist Without Borders – Yo-Yo ma cond. The Silk Road Ensemble [TrackList follows] – Sony Masterworks
Improvised World Music from Yo-Yo Ma and his Silk Road.
Historically important Don Cherry music unearthed and issued for the first time.
Much to like in this collection of excellently-performed and recorded Mendelssohn organ works.
GREGORY HALL: ‘Compositional Improvisations – from The Mysteria, Vol.1’ = Reflects dans le soleil; Introduction to “The Mysteria”; Thouros and Phosphoros; Mabou; Appledore; Symbolist Minimal; Apotheosis – Gregory Hall. p. – Ravello
The art of classical improvisation revised, in a way.
Thoroughly fascinating for anyone who has even attempted to play some jazz piano.
Superbly performed and recorded solo piano jazz improvisations.
Solo piano session inspired by the sculptures of Isamu Noguchi at his gallery.
There’s a distinct possibility that LeBaron’s improvisations are so abstract, so spontaneous and so solipsistic that they are not music in any traditional sense.