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Claire Ritter

American jazz master, composer/pianist/educator Claire Ritter, is a multiple award recipient, and "among the most successful Thirdsteam synthesis of jazz & classical musics" author Ed Hazel/Wikipedia Encyclopedia. In 2014 Ritter was the recipient of an artist grant awarded by the NC Arts & Science Council, her fourth, as well as a previous NC Arts Council Composer Fellowship recipient. AllAboutJazz describes Ritter as "an under sung Master, with each engaging melody buffed up like a little jewel". JazzTimes notes the music as "painterly exquisite & poetic". Beginning with the great Mary Lou Williams at Duke University in the 1970s, Ritter has studied, worked, performed, and recorded with the best, which includes over a decade and half of work with MacArthur Grant 'Genius' Fellow, Ran Blake at New England Conservatory in Boston, where she taught her Contemporary Songwriting in the Contemporary Improvisation Department during the 1990s

Eclipse Orange

Label: Zoning Recordings
Released: 2019
Track listing: Claire Ritter Story; Blue Monk; Eclipse Orange; Backbone; Short Life Of Barbara Monk; I Mean You; In Between; Blue Grits; Emerald & The Breeze; High Top Sneakers; Summertime; Waltzing The Splendor; Improvisation On Selma; Karma Waltz; Breakthru; Cool Digs; There's Been A Change; Brazil Medley; Over The Rainbow, Integrity.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Claire Ritter, Ran Blake: Eclipse Orange

Read "Eclipse Orange" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Misura, buon gusto e un po' di accademia: questo, in estrema sintesi, ciò che troviamo in questo elegante album inciso dal vivo alla Queens University of Charlotte nel luglio 2017 da uno degli autentici decani del pianismo jazz, Ran Blake (classe 1935), accanto alla collega ed ex-allieva Claire Ritter (1952), di fatto principale artefice dell'operazione (sua ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Mary Lou Williams, James Moody & More

Read "Mary Lou Williams, James Moody & More" reviewed by Joe Dimino

This week we start everything off with the talented veteran North Carolina jazz pianist Claire Ritter with the title track off her 2018 CD Eclipse Orange. Then we hear from her mentor Mary Lou Williams, a new one from Branford Marsalis and his Quartet and some solid groove with the great John Kirby leading The Biggest ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Ran Blake / Claire Ritter: Eclipse Orange

Read "Eclipse Orange" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Pianist Claire Ritter is one of the countless musicians out there who deserve more recognition. A former student of Ran Blake's, she has forged her own path as a composer and educator. This CD presents a 2017 concert she gave with Blake, in North Carolina, for Thelonious Monk's 100th birthday. The program features compositions by Ritter, ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Art Ensemble of Chicago, Marilyn Mazur, Echoes of Zoo and More

Read "Art Ensemble of Chicago, Marilyn Mazur, Echoes of Zoo and More" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

New releases keep coming at an exciting place and Mondo Jazz obliges, sharing tons of exicting new releases, in particular celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Art Ensemble of Chicago and its spiritual offspring as well as some great European projects. Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Ran Blake / Claire Ritter: Eclipse Orange

Read "Eclipse Orange" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The concert that resulted in the CD Eclipse Orange was done in honor of pianist Thelonious Monk's 100th birthday, but there's so much more than a Monk showcase here. Pianists Claire Ritter and Ran Blake play in duets and solos, and Ritter shares the stage with Australian saxophonist Kent O'Doherty on five tunes, in an atmospheric ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Sophisticated Ladies: Piano Gems of the Past Year

Sophisticated Ladies: Piano Gems of the Past Year

Claire Ritter, Deanna Witkowski and Janice Friedman are not household names on the piano jazz circuit. But like the best ingredients, their taste and intrigue far outshines their notoriety. In late 2014 and 2015, each released a recording worthy of “top ten" status as well as repeated listening. Once a student of Mary Lou Williams and ...

Soho Solo

Label: Zoning Records
Released: 2015
Track listing: Integrity; Costarican Dawn; Blue Grits; Tar; Eclipse Orange; Breakthru; Soho Blues; The Brook and the Bird; Walking Zig; Mirrors; Sunshades; High Beam; Blue Heron Serenade; The Chanson; Punch; Where the Gardinia Grows; Cool Digs; Blink; Waltzing the Splendor; I've Got the World on a String.

Claire Ritter: Soho Solo

Read "Soho Solo" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Almost any jazz pianist you can think of has taken a shot at the solo recording. Keith Jarrett explores uncharted territory with his wholly improvised approach. Denny Zeitlin and Fred Hersch examine the Standards and some of their own outstanding compositions. Brad Mehldau brings more modern musical mix with his own distinctive tunes stirred up with ...


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