151

Roberta Piket: Sides, Colors

By

Sign in to view read count
Roberta Piket: Sides, Colors Some people describe music in terms of colors. Composers like Duke Ellington used them in song titles like "Black, Brown And Beige," "Black And Tan Fantasy" and "Mood Indigo," to describe the mood and feeling of his music,

Sides, Colors is a perfect title for this release by pianist Roberta Piket, as she demonstrates her different musical sides and colors. Piket shows her classical, lyrical side on "Billy's Ballad" and Bill Evans "Laurie," while the classical feel is accentuated by the addition of clarinet, flute and strings—a concept similar to Esperanza Spalding's Chamber Music Society (Heads Up, 2010).

Piket's avant-garde side is shown in the more adventurous "Shmear" and "Ugly Beautiful." Both sides, classical and avant-garde, are present on Sam Rivers' "My Friends and Neighbors." Piket even sings and does some nice scattting on Rodgers and Hammerstein's "If I Loved You"

"Relent," and the funky groove of "Degree Absolute," shows yet another side of Piket's music, this time venturing into jazz fusion. Whatever the style, Piket always displays a good harmonic, melodic and rhythmic balance in her playing and improvisations. Piket is a creative pianist, arranger and composer who likes to experiment with different textures, moods and colors in her arrangements and compositions. All the arrangements on Sides, Colors are by Piket, except "Billy's Ballad," arranged by drummer/percussionist Billy Mintz. Sides, Colors also includes two Piket originals, "Degree Absolute" and "Empty House," a beautiful ballad that effectively transmits a feeling of emptiness.

Track Listing: Laurie; Make Someone Happy; Billy's Ballad; My Friends and Neighbors (for Sam Rivers); If I Loved You; Empty House; Shmear; Idy's Song and Dance (song); Idy's Song and Dance (dance); Relent; Ugly Beautiful; Degree Absolute.

Personnel: Roberta Piket: piano, organ, electric piano; Johannes Weidenmueller: bass; David Smith: trumpet (1, 3, 4, 6); Charles Pillow: clarinet, bass clarinet, flute (1, 3-6); Anders Bostrom: flute, alto flute (1, 3-6); San Sadigursky: clarinet, soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone (3-6); Fung Chern Hwei: violin (1, 3-5); Mikyung Kim: violin (1, 3-5); Charisa Rouse: viola (1, 3-5); Jeremy Harman: cello (1, 3-5).

Title: Sides, Colors | Year Released: 2011 | Record Label: Self Produced


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Honey And Salt CD/LP/Track Review Honey And Salt
by Mark Corroto
Published: August 22, 2017
Read To the Bone CD/LP/Track Review To the Bone
by Geno Thackara
Published: August 22, 2017
Read Flesh & Bone CD/LP/Track Review Flesh & Bone
by Troy Collins
Published: August 22, 2017
Read Generations CD/LP/Track Review Generations
by Jerome Wilson
Published: August 22, 2017
Read 90 Going On Amazing CD/LP/Track Review 90 Going On Amazing
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: August 21, 2017
Read Let There Be Life, Love and Laughter CD/LP/Track Review Let There Be Life, Love and Laughter
by Victor L. Schermer
Published: August 21, 2017
Read "Potsdamer Platz" CD/LP/Track Review Potsdamer Platz
by Bruce Lindsay
Published: February 3, 2017
Read "A Piece of the Apple" CD/LP/Track Review A Piece of the Apple
by Geno Thackara
Published: August 7, 2017
Read "Then and Now" CD/LP/Track Review Then and Now
by Duncan Heining
Published: May 2, 2017
Read "Colour And Movement" CD/LP/Track Review Colour And Movement
by Bruce Lindsay
Published: May 9, 2017
Read "Lovers" CD/LP/Track Review Lovers
by Mark Sullivan
Published: September 23, 2016
Read "Uncharted Waters" CD/LP/Track Review Uncharted Waters
by Roger Farbey
Published: April 11, 2017

Sponsor: JANA PROJECT | LEARN MORE  

Support our sponsor

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.