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Op Der Schmelz: Live

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This multinational quartet casts a surfeit of moody and climactically oriented movements, captured for this disc live at a venue in Luxembourg. Gushing with shifty theme-building exercises, New York- based pianist Roberta Piket often serves as the director of operations via her sympathetic comping, cascading chord voicings, and animated free-bop improvisational passages, yet overall, it's a democratic engagement. Even though the band primarily resides in the free-zone, they do not forsake melodic content. The program here is uncluttered and not overcooked. Each musician has an equal say, and is offered numerous opportunities to stretch their wares. Treated with ...

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Roberta Piket: Solo

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Listening back on Roberta Piket's discography, with recordings like the trio affair, Love and Beauty (Thirteenth Note Records, 2007) and the ambitious Side, Colors (Thirteenth Note Records, 2013), it's clear that the New York-based pianist has established herself as “an artist deserving wider recognition." With Solo she cements a reputation as a top level jazz artist.Solo features Piket alone with the piano, the most challenging of formats. To say she has risen to the challenge is an understatement. On a set of mostly standards and Great American Songbook classics she freshens some familiar fare, offers up two of ...

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Roby Glod / Roberta Piket / Mark Tokar / Klaus Kugel: Op Der Schmelz Live

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This album is a winner from the git-go. Brooklyn-based pianist Roberta Piket summons the spirits with a gentle, but emotionally direct solo piano rumination. Harmonically rich, with a probing depth that brings Paul Bley and Steve Kuhn to mind, Piket's invocation is just the first in series of golden moments on Op der Schmelz Live. A co-operative quartet comprised of Piket, veteran German drummer Klaus Kugel, the energetic Ukranian bassist Mark Tokar, and the Luxembourg-based French saxophonist Roby Glod, their first album as a unit is actually named for the venue in which it was recorded. Op der Schmelz, in ...

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Roby Glod / Roberta Piket / Mark Tokar / Klaus Kugel: Op Der Schmelz Live

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This pan-European-American collective quartet, named after the Op Der Schmelz venue in Luxemburg (where this album was recorded), focuses in transforming intuitively detailed sonic moments into balanced movements, full of surprises and risk- taking. The quartet is comprised of four experienced improvisers--Luxemburg-based saxophonist Roby Glod, New Yorker pianist Roberta Piket, Ukrainian bassist Mark Tokar and Köln-based drummer Klaus Kugel- -who share emphatic interplay, a discursive approach and natural intimacy. All the pieces begin in a conventional manner with a simple theme, but then all is opened up; anything can happen. These continuous pieces are developed as a ...

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Roberta Piket: Making a Difference

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Roberta Piket is a jazz pianist, composer, and arranger with an exceptional range of expression. In the same tune or performance, she moves fluidly between bebop, hard bop, blues, soft and mellow, up-tempo, contrapuntal, and advanced harmonic motifs, making it all come together in meaningful, coherent statements of ideas and emotions. She thinks hard when she plays, “with big ears," as Dave Liebman once said, and a sense of story. She is a truly contemporary player, pushing the envelope. Among her accomplishments are eight CDs as a leader, a vocal composition based on the poems of Vladimir Nabokov, performances at ...

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Roberta Piket: Sides, Colors

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Roberta Piket Sides, ColorsThirteenth Note Records2011 Roberta Piket is a pianist with rich musical abilities who is making a name for herself as one of the best of her generation of keyboard players. Her 2011 release, Sides, Colors is a well-conceived recording, using her trio supplemented by strings and horns in a potpourri of originals and standards. It was realized in a creative manner, embodying several interesting ideas. First, it was recorded in an open studio instead of the usual booths for individual musicians. Thus, the players were in the same sound zone ...

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Roberta Piket: Sides, Colors

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Some people describe music in terms of colors. Composers like Duke Ellington used them in song titles like “Black, Brown And Beige," “Black And Tan Fantasy" and “Mood Indigo," to describe the mood and feeling of his music, Sides, Colors is a perfect title for this release by pianist Roberta Piket, as she demonstrates her different musical sides and colors. Piket shows her classical, lyrical side on “Billy's Ballad" and Bill Evans “Laurie," while the classical feel is accentuated by the addition of clarinet, flute and strings--a concept similar to Esperanza Spalding's Chamber Music Society (Heads Up, ...



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