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Take Five With Roberta Piket

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About Roberta Piket Born in Queens, New York, Roberta inherited a passion for music from both her parents. Her father was the Austrian composer Frederick Piket, who made significant contributions to both the musical liturgy of Reform Judaism and the concert hall with works performed by the New York Philharmonic under conductor Dimitri Metropolis. From her mother, Cynthia, she absorbed the glories of the American Songbook, learning the tunes (and accompanying lyrics) of Porter, Gershwin, Kern, Rodgers, and Berlin. ...

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Roberta Piket: One for Marian

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In 1945, as World War II came to an end, Marian McPartland (1918-2013) moved from England to the United Sates with her then husband, trumpeter Jimmy McPartland. She had already achieved some notoriety as a pianist on radio shows and with the USO, and in the U.S., with her husband's encouragement, she found a secure niche as a jazz pianist, leader, and composer, most notably as a house pianist at the famed Hickory House in New York, where many greats ...

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Roberta Piket: One For Marian: Celebrating Marian McPartland

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A young, unrecorded artist is asked to share her talents, sitting in a chair that had been warmed by Bill Evans, Oscar Peterson, Brad Mehldau, Mary Lou Williams, Dave Brubeck, Chick Corea and Dizzy Gillespie to name just a few of the legends who graced Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz series. It says a great deal about Roberta Piket, that McPartland would welcome her into the fold of this company and now Piket pays tribute to her host with One For ...

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Roberta Piket: Emanation (Solo: Volume 2)

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The daughter of noted Austrian composer/conductor Fredrick Piket, New York native Roberta Piket took to the piano at an early age, later receiving a degree in jazz piano from New England Conservatory. Piket studied with pianist Richie Beirach, upon returning to New York and receiving an NEA grant. Years later, Beirach has demonstrated his sureness of Piket by serving as production assistant and writing the liner notes for Emanation (Solo: Volume 2). Piket's early jazz influences and an interest in ...

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Roberta Piket: Emanation

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Pianist Roberta Piket sat down at her instrument alone on Solo (Thirteenth Note Records, 2012). It was her first recording in the format, after and marvelous series of trio and quartet sets. An artist known for her “inside/outside" abilities and a cerebral yet emotive approach to piano, her recording debut as a solo artist was unabashedly beautiful and straight ahead, with much familiar turf: Wayne Shorter's “Nefertiti," saxophonist Sam Rivers' perfect “Beatrice," the American Songbook jewel “I See Your Face ...

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Roberta Piket: Emanation (Solo: Volume 2)

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In the liner notes for this stimulating album, pianist Richie Beirach, Roberta Piket's friend and once-upon-a-time teacher, refers to the art of solo piano playing as “the Mount Everest of challenges for a jazz pianist." Ain't that the truth. When put in other situations, from episodes in duo discourse to large ensemble endeavors, pianists have the opportunity to play around, with, and off of others. And although it's completely accurate to say that musically communicating in real time with other ...

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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 ...

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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 ...


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