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Piano Solo

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The shadow of pianist Keith Jarrett is long and deep, still hovering over musicians who are half his age. One of them is Stefano Bollani, a thirtysomething Italian pianist who has worked with trumpeter Enrico Rava. As the title suggests, this is strictly a solo album carving out a mood as much as a persona. Bollani and producer Manfred Eicher bring together a mix of jazz standards, classical works, and originals, with free-flowing improvisations that approach, but don't quite attain, Jarrett's rhapsodic extrapolations. Like Jarrett, Bollani has a taste for standards. He covers early-20th-century pop like "For All We Know," taking it out in an increasingly angular improvisation. But he indulges in slightly more contemporary fare as well, covering the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds track "Don't Talk (Put Your Head on My Shoulder)" and "Antonia," a moody ballad by Italian songwriter Antonio Zambrini. I've never heard the original, but in Bollani's hands it becomes a deep well of improvised introspection. Bollani evinces more of a classical touch than Jarrett, even when he isn't adapting a classical theme, as he does in the lyrical and romantic "On a Theme by Sergey Prokofiev." From Scott Joplin's "Maple Leaf Rag" to the arch strains of his original "Sarcasmi," Stefano Bollani covers a lot of bases, living between high art and the cocktail lounge, creating a music that hints at deeper terrain, though it often settles into a pleasant middle ground. --John Diliberto


Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 6, 2007)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: ECM
  • ASIN: B000GQMK6K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #210,513 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Olafur Stephensen on March 8, 2007
Format: Audio CD
In the past two years some of the best jazz pianists

have recorded solo albums - many of them under a strong

influence of Keith Jaretts solo efforts. These are very

good efforts, but not brilliant.

Now with this particular solo album, Stefano Bollini has

joined the exclusive group of jazz piano artists that

have recorded solo and done so extremely well.

His style is not too influenced by Jarett's smooth

approach, although one can detect some of Jarett's

popular "Finger-breakers" here and there.

Bollini's independent style ranges from serious Jelly Roll

left hand attacks to simple cord progressions that may be

an influence from pianists like Tommy Flanagan and late

Wynton Kelly.

With this album Stefano Bollini has placed himself amongst

the finest jazz pianists that record today. His dynamic approach

is both sweet and lovely, but always firm and pleasantly dynamic.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Roberto Verastegui on May 6, 2007
Format: Audio CD
this album is one of my favorites right now, bollani has an amazing concept of piano solo playing, that doesn't have to be called jazz specifically, he mixes so many different textures and ideas that make beautiful music, plus, he has an amazing tone on the piano, and as always, the recording quality by ECM records is great. A must have.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kiplingard on August 4, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Beautifully balanced and crafted - highly creative, enormous range of textures evidenced in widely varying tunes like "Promenade" and "Maple Leaf Rag". A masterful work.
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