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The evolution of Grand Pianoramax continues with Leo Tardin's sophomore release The Biggest Piano In Town on ObliqSound. On this followup to the group's self-titled debut album from 2005, the latest disc blends phuture funk, spoken word, hip-hop and the music of one of the most creative pianists on the scene today.
Tardin brings a new cast of characters to bear on The Biggest Piano in Town, among them from the New York scene drummers Deantoni Parks (Kudu & sideman of Tom Waits, Me'shell Ndegéocello), Adam Deitch (John Scofield), American poets/MCs Mike Ladd, Celena Glenn (Coco Rosie), Invincible (Platinum Pied Pipers), and French folk/rap artist Spleen.
Tardin, the premiere winner of the Montreux Jazz Festival International Piano Solo Competition, has toured around the world with Grand Pianoramax. Primarily an all-live keyboards/drums duo with occasional guest MCs and vocalists, the group blends Minimoog-synth bass, syncopated keys, organic drumming and freestyle spoken word improv/slam.
"Grand Pianoramax may be the future of funk." -- Dallas Observer
"Grand Pianoramax, developed from Leo Tardin's old school synthesizers and the vocal stylings of Mike Ladd, is a broad, rhythmic delirium." -- Expresso (PT)
"Tardin, like colleagues Jason Moran, Matthew Shipp and Vijay Iyer, belongs to the small circle of those jazz pianists who look passionately and intelligently for new ways to reanimate jazz through the infusion of modern grooves." -- Berliner Zeitung (DE)
"The Biggest Piano in Town displays Tardin's ability to send free-form jazz, future funk, art rock and hip-hop into exhilarating free fall." -- Metro London (UK)
"The ever talented pianist and composer, Leo Tardin returns to ObliqSound for his second genius album of awe inspiring avant jazz explorations. Absolutely brilliant and essential for all discerning future music lovers." -- BPM Magazine