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In playing solo, the art of music is defined by expertise. Outstanding technique may indulge the player, but there has to be enough creativity to carry the listener. In order to succeed, the focus should not be divided and the pulse has to be constantly fed from the center. It is to pianist G.F. Mlely’s credit that he keeps the structure of these pieces pliable for his ministrations, and in doing so displays an inspired confidence.
Mlely creates tension and loosens the pulse. In his two-handed attack, his left creates vignettes that accompany the luminous creations of his right. Intense dynamics cavort to a swirling pulse, and rhythm and time can change in one smooth swerve. He lays bare the melody of “Love For Sale” with an easy, slow air and then chugs through a heady exposition of the theme. A light pastoral zephyr wafts across “Mistress Of The Tree”, the calm both soothing and heady. “Rio” has a solid Latin groove going for it, without ever truly immersing in the beat. Mlely also shows the influence of Art Tatum, particularly on “Spirit Inside” which, given the devolution, is aptly named.
Track Listing: Our Love Is Here To Stay; Spirit Inside; Love For Sale; Mistress Of The
Tree; Mood Indigo; Come Rain Or Come Shine; Here We Are; Night And
I love jazz because anything is possible; it has few rules and the best jazz breaks those ones. I prefer free improv because it doesn't really have any rules at all.
I was first exposed to jazz in my teens (in the late sixties).
The first jazz record I bought was Filles de Kilimanjaro by Miles Davis, shortly followed by Extrapolation by John McLaughlin.
My advice to new listeners is to listen as widely as possible and not to make snap judgments--stick with it.