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Ralph Hepola

Born in Saint Paul, Minnesota in the United States, Ralph Hepola studied piano before starting on the tuba at age twelve. At seventeen, he was chosen to play before the British Royal Family in the Manitoba All-Province Band at Brandon University in Manitoba, Canada. While still in high school, Ralph began performing as an extra musician with the Minnesota Orchestra, which later included recordings, and tours to Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York City. While still a teenager, Ralph won a position with The United States Army Band of Washington, D.C. At age twenty, he won a full scholarship to the Manhattan School of Music in the Young Artist Competition of the Minnesota Orchestra/WAMSO. Ralph earned his music degree at Northwestern University where he studied with renowned musician and teacher Arnold Jacobs

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Satoko Fujii: Solo

Read "Solo" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Solo piano performances generally fall into one of two categories--introverted or extraverted affairs. Obvious examples of extraverts are Fats Waller and Art Tatum, while inward-looking pianists are Brad Mehldau and Bill Evans. Extraverts play music pointed at the audience, while introverts internalize the experience.

How then do we categorize the music of Satoko Fujii? ...

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Eduardo Elia: Solo

Read "Solo" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Argentinian pianist Eduardo Elia, based now in his homeland, attended Berkelee College of Music in Boston. He has a handful of CD releases as a leader, and beyond that, information on the artist is hard to find. His internet profile is sketchy.

So the review is all about the music, and maybe that's how ...

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Fred Hersch: Solo

Read "Solo" reviewed by Maurizio Zerbo

Compiuti i sessanta anni, Fred Hersch ha ormai conseguito la meritata notorietà che però lo ha portato alla sovraesposizione discografica. Questo suo recente progetto è imperniato sulla rielaborazione di un vasto repertorio che include jazz, bossa nova, musica eurocolta, pop. Come era lecito attendersi da un musicista di vaglia come lui, prevale la logica della decostruzione ...

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Fred Hersch: Solo

Read "Solo" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Pianist Fred Hersch is celebrating his sixtieth birthday year in style, with a week of performances at the legendary Village Vanguard, his debuts at the Newport Jazz Festival and Jazz at Lincoln Center, and the release of Fred Hersch Solo. The achievement of surviving six decades is noteworthy, poignant and auspicious considering Hersch's near-communion with death ...

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Fred Hersch: Solo

Read "Solo" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

To paraphrase the famous remark Miles Davis made about Bill Evans, Fred Hersch plays the piano the way it ought to be played. This album documents a live performance from August, 2014, which was not originally intended for release. But when Hersch listened to it, he changed his mind. “I firmly believe this may be the ...

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Fred Hersch: Solo

Read "Solo" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

When it comes to the art of solo piano in jazz, there are currently two classes of performers: Fred Hersch and everybody else.

A statement such as that might spur the jazz cognoscenti to ready the pitchforks and torches, but that threat doesn't make that claim any less true. Keith Jarrett may surpass ...

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Roberta Piket: Solo

Read "Solo" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

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. ...

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Lynne Arriale: Solo

Read "Solo" reviewed by Dave Sumner

Following up on her strong quartet album Convergence (Motema, 2011), pianist Lynne Arriale returns with a solo recording--a risky venture for any artist. In an ensemble setting, a musician has collaborators with whom to work and exchange ideas before the record button is punched, and more importantly, while the session is on the move. In ensemble ...

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Michael Cain: Solo

Read "Solo" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

A yawn can spontaneously develop when hearing about another solo release in which the unaccompanied music can, at times, result in a monochrome listening experience. But in the case of Michael Cain's Solo, a savvy work of acoustic piano with electronic manipulations, the outcome is--to coin a very dated phrase--in Technicolor.

Cain who ...