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Book of Velocities

Label: ECM Records
Released: 2008
Track listing: Chapter I: Giada, Scintilla, Spread, Castello, Resilience; Chapter II: Single Line, Nyl, Double Line; Chapter III: Obsidian, Sunday Shapes, Gum Bounce, Finger Bass, Contrivance; Chapter IV: Drape Hanger, Septima Llegada, Reel Set, Scrim Stand; Epilogue: Sonance, Nefriit.

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Jon Balke: Book of Velocities

Read "Book of Velocities" reviewed by Chris May

On paper, Norwegian pianist Jon Balke's first solo album reads like challenging stuff: a collection of eighteen short improvisations, grouped into five sub-sections (four “chapters" and an “epilogue"), and concerned as much with the velocities with which the piano's strings can be struck--and how they can be struck--as with thematic or harmonic development. Something for fellow ...

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Jon Balke: Book Of Velocities

Read "Book Of Velocities" reviewed by Budd Kopman

As time goes on, the ECM label continues to stretch the meaning of the word jazz, allowing it to encompass almost any kind of music that allows for improvisation or sounds like it does. With Book Of Velocities, pianist/composer/band leader Jon Balke connects with various worlds: of the piano as a physical entity ...

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Jon Balke: Book of Velocities

Read "Book of Velocities" reviewed by John Kelman

Over the course of three decades Jon Balke has, without any particular muss or fuss, emerged not only as one of Norway's finest pianists in a sphere of jazz of the largest possible definition, but one of its most influential. From his early days with bassist Arild Anderson and drummer Jon Christensen's Masqualero, Balke's writing and ...

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Jon Balke: Book of Velocities

Read "Book of Velocities" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Esponente di primo piano della Free Improvised Music europea, il pianista Jon Balke lascia per il momento la guida della Magnetic North Orchestra e dell'ensemble Batagraf, per dedicarsi pienamente al suo strumento. E' singolare ma l'eclettico artista norvegese debutta solo ora, all'età di 52 anni, con un lavoro in piano solo, in un percorso tanto lirico ...

Book Of Velocities

Label: Shanachie
Released: 2007


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