Posts Tagged ‘ Solo Piano ’

Christoph Spendel – The Piano Side of Christmas

Jazz professor, multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer Christoph Spendel has a great impact on the German jazz scene. With a plethora of released albums he showcases his multifaceted artistry in jazz, Latin jazz, smooth jazz, classical, lounge, chill out, and many more genres.

On his new album The Piano Side of Christmas he combines his favorite instrument, the piano, with his favorite genre of this season, Christmas Jazz. Listen to Christoph’s jazzy approach to popular Christmas hymns on iTunes.

Martin Mayer – Alone

Two award-nominated albums, a national concert tour of China, performances in Europe and Asia, a sold-out debut concert, international airplay, and his own radio show are just a few of the successes Canadian pianist & composer Martin Mayer has under his belt.

Martin Mayer lives in Vancouver and continues his collaboration with artists, musicians and film directors across the globe, aiming to bridge the distances and differences between us through a common passion in music. His new album is entitled Alone and presents solo piano pieces in the style of Richard Clayderman, Jim Brickman or David Foster. His album is available at iTunes and

Hiromi – Place To Be

Let me say up front that I don’t care for solo piano. A song, yes. An album, no. Call it a limited attention span. More like it’s a desire to hear a band: drums, bass, sax or trumpet, and maybe a rhythm guitar in lieu of piano.

But take a master like Bob James or Chick Corea, and the format can be quite engaging. Like those two, Japanese pianist Hiromi Uehara defies my general attitude about this. Place to Be is her first solo piano release. To no surprise, it has as much vigor as her other releases.

The Telarc release is a musical documentary of Hiromi’s travels. Its title is an acknowledgment to fans, whose presence at her performance venues give her a place to be.

Hiromi debuted with Another Mind (Telarc, 2003). Since then, she’s earned several major awards, and has performed with such heavyweights as Corea, Stanley Clarke and Lenny White. Her Sonicbloom group includes guitarist Dave “Fuze” Fiuczynski, bassist Tony Grey and drummer Martin Valihora. With Sonicbloom, she plays electronic keyboard.

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Mathias Claus, Bob Albanese, Ayako Shirasaki – Best of 1st International Jazz Solo Piano Festival 2009

Jan Matthies Records releases a live recording from the 1st International Jazz Solo Piano Festival at Konzerthaus Berlin, Germany. The event took place on 28th March 2009 on a Steinway & Sons Concert Grand – Model D.

The 12-page booklet contains Liner Notes by Howard Mandel, President of The Jazz Journalists Association and senior contributor Downbeat Magazine:

“Best of 1st International Jazz Solo Piano Festival 2009 institutes a high standard for international solo jazz piano”

“Mathias Claus, Bob Albanese and Ayako Shirasaki are devoted, virtuosic, daring and expressive pianists, who together assured that personal, spontaneous interpretation of classic repertoire was the focus of the 1st International Jazz Solo Piano Festival. …”

Enjoy 3 swinging takes from each of the participating pianists:

1. “Hymn for the lost Souls” – Mathias Claus

2. “Old Folks” – Mathias Claus

3. “Softly as in a Morning Sunrise” – Mathias Claus

4. “Manhattan” – Bob Albanese

5. “Time remembered” – Bob Albanese

6. “Morning Nocturne” – Bob Albanese

7. “Con Alma” – Ayako Shirasaki

8. “Someday my Prince will come” – Ayako Shirasaki

9. “Lennies Pennies” – Ayako Shirasaki

Listen to audio samples available now on iTunes, CD Universe, amazon, cdbaby etc. Radio add date: 11. January 2010.

More info on the festival website

Source: Jan Matthies Music Management