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Kristjan Randalu

Kristjan is a dazzling piano player" says Herbie Hancock after the 2006 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition. The Estonian pianist and composer Kristjan Randalu started his music education at the age of 6 in Tallinn - both his parents being classical pianists. After the move to Germany Kristjan studied classical piano with Sontraud Speidel and Patrick O'Byrne in Karlsruhe and Stuttgart and jazz piano with Paul Schwarz in Stuttgart, additionally having lessons with John Taylor in Cologne. In 2001 he continued his studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London with Geoff Keezer (piano), Iain Ballamy, and Django Bates (composition)

Album

Acadia: Way Of The Cairns

Label: Whirlwind Recordings
Released: 2020
Track listing: Way of the Cairns; Star Party; Blueberry Mountain; Seawall Sunrise; Darkest Night; Valse Hésitante; Personal Beehives; On the Precipice; Ten Years Later.

Album

SONG2

Label: Dreyer Gaido
Released: 2020
Track listing: take on me (a-ha), minority (Shishani Vranckx), what is love (Haddaway), lost (Shishani Vranckx), make me out (Bodek Janke), i fall in love too easily (Jule Styne), rhythm is a dancer (Snap), leidenschaft (Bodek Janke), lay in the sun (Shishani Vranckx), dancing in the dark (Bruce Springsteen)

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Article: Album Review

Patrick Cornelius: Acadia: Way Of The Cairns

Read "Acadia: Way Of The Cairns" reviewed by Chris May


No, this is not an ECM album, though, looking at the sleeve art, you would be excused from thinking it was trying to pass itself off as one. Half of the Acadia quartet is indeed European: Estonian-born, German-based pianist Kristjan Randalu and Luxembourg-born, US-based drummer Paul Wiltgen. The other half is American: alto saxophonist Patrick Cornelius ...

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Article: Interview

Patrick Cornelius: From ECM to Acadia National Park

Read "Patrick Cornelius: From ECM to Acadia National Park" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann


With a persistently active live and equally dynamic release schedule in his back pocket, alto saxophonist Patrick Cornelius continues to push the boundaries of the straight-ahead approach to jazz into a more modern context. Since his first recording as a leader--2006's self-released Lucid Dream featuring a cast of fellow Berklee College of Music Students from the ...

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Article: Live Review

Jazzkaar 2020

Read "Jazzkaar 2020" reviewed by Martin Longley


Jazzkaar Tallinn, Estonia October 9-13, 2020 In this year of cancellations and postponements, the Jazzkaar festival opted to jump from April to October, successfully presenting a shorter version that nevertheless managed to include between four and six sets on most of its days. Giant-size American artists were unavoidably absent, but ...

Article: Album Review

Petros Klampanis: Irrationalities

Read "Irrationalities" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Giunto al quarto album, il bassista greco attivo tra Atene e New York, cambia organico confermando la personale cifra espressiva nel nuovo contesto. Fattosi apprezzare per le composizioni melodicamente suggestive, in sofisticate orchestrazioni con archi, Petros Klampanis presenta un trio tutto europeo, con il batterista polacco Bodek Janke e il pianista estone Kristjan Randalu. ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Fredrik Lundin, Francesco Cusa, and Gianni Lenoci

Read "Fredrik Lundin, Francesco Cusa, and Gianni Lenoci" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


It's just one of those happy coincidences that bassist Lisa Mezzacappa, whose name is likely Italian in orgin, is one of the featured artists in this episode, because there's noticeable Italian content as well. Mezzacappa's latest with her ensemble Six, is inspired by the short stories of Italo Calvino (also Italian). Music from Italian musicians comes ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Susana Santos Silva, Tim Berne, Andrew Bain and More

Read "Susana Santos Silva, Tim Berne, Andrew Bain and More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


Some of the jazz world's top female improvisers are front and center in this episode. Anna Webber and Angela Morris, two Canadian expat saxophonists who've earned big cred in New York, have released Both Are True with their excellent big band. Portuguese trumpeter Susana Santos Silva has a new album with her quintet, Impermanence. You'll also ...

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Article: Album Review

Trygve Seim: Helsinki Songs

Read "Helsinki Songs" reviewed by Neri Pollastri


È molto lirico questo Helsinki Songs, ultimo lavoro del sassofonista norvegese Trygve Seim, ormai pilastro dell'etichetta ECM sia per presenza nel catalogo, sia per come contribuisce a svilupparne l'estetica. Qui il musicista scandinavo si presenta per la prima volta alla testa di un classico quartetto, che vede al pianoforte Kristjan Randalu, quarantenne estone cresciuto in Germania, ...


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