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Ron Stabinsky: Free for One

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The first thing to note about pianist Ron Stabinsky's debut recording Free For One is the quality of sound. The piano's lows are solid and centered, the mid-range clear and very fast while the highs sing. This is how piano should be recorded--not only is it a good test for the output end (speakers) of the recording/reproduction chain, but the input end (microphones and recording medium), as well as, of course, the production side (mixing and mastering). The Hamburg Steinway ...

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Ron Stabinsky: Free for One

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Pianist Ron Stabinsky, officially became the fourth member of the Mostly Other People Do the Killing with Mauch Chunk (Hot Cup Records, 2015) after having performed with the group live in 2013 and on Blue their recreation of Miles Davis' Kind Of Blue (Columbia, 1959) expertly restoring the Wynton Kelly/Bill Evans parts. The pianist has been part of the Peter Evans Quintet since the 2013 recording Destination Void (Self-produced, 2014). Stabinsky has also worked with Dave Liebman and Tony Marino ...

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Ron Stabinsky: Free for One

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Pianist Ron Stabinsky has been a stylistic chameleon with Mostly Other People Do The Killing. He provided a note-perfect recreation of legendary pianist Bill Evans on Blue (Hot Cup, 2014), and eclectic solos on Mauch Chunk (Hot Cup, 2015)--performances peppered with clever musical quotations. For his debut recording he goes solo with a completely improvised set. There's plenty of variety, but it's Stabinsky all the way. The frequently contemplative tone is established with the opener ..." After It's ...