Posts Tagged ‘ Solo Piano ’

Guiseppe Di Maio – Beyond

beyondNaples, Italy born pianist Giuseppe Di Maio graduated from the S. Pietro a Majella Conservatory, specialized at the Music School of Fiesole and the Mozarteum of Salzburg. Starting with this training in classical music, he soon discovered jazz music, although he did not forget his classical roots. His album Beyond (2021) is a child of this life course.

Guiseppe comments: “Through Beyond I wanted to represent precisely that creative process that arises within us, transforms emotions into sensations, images, memories that the careful listening of a work, a piece or any composition can arouse.

This project describes myself and the natural evolution of what has been my life and musical path, always characterized by listening to any musical genre, but starting from the study of classical music, then enriched with the study of jazz and its languages.”

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Gregg Karukas – Serenata

Great melodies; the essential quality that has defined Grammy winning keyboardist/composer/producer Gregg Karukas’ 12 solo CD’s over a three decade career, with many #1 radio hits, both sophisticated and accessible. Serenata, his first ever solo piano project, offers romantic impressions of classic songs from iconic Brazilian artists Milton Nascimento and Dori Caymmi as well as new and re-imagined Karukas originals.

Gregg looks back on his years touring with Brazilian artists Sergio Mendes, Dori Caymmi and Ricardo Silveira in the 1990’s as some of his favorite musical experiences. As producer, pianist, composer and arranger, Gregg won the New Age Grammy in 2013 (Echoes of Love), and has also worked with pianist David Lanz, arranging and producing two successful crossover CDs. A versatile, founding member of the Los Angeles smooth jazz community, Gregg contributed to many seminal projects (The Rippingtons, Dave Koz, Peter White, Boney James).

After a recent move, Gregg discovered a dusty box of cassettes of his live shows in the 1990’s with Dori Caymmi and Ricardo Silveira and was curious to check out one particular tape marked “Dori – Le Cafe” with a star! Gregg says, “Those Dori shows at that tiny Los Angeles music room were legendary, with everyone from Michel LeGrand, Dave Grusin, Quincy Jones to Wayne Shorter in the audience. I had to buy a used cassette deck to play it, and it was one of our magical nights. I sat down at the piano and recalled many of the Dori Caymmi songs as best as I could and got very emotional. That evening pulled me out of my comfort zone and set me on a surprising new adventure, a solo piano project that I hope will bring some peace and joy to all who are suffering during this challenging time.” Continue reading

Attila Fias – Smoke Gets In Your Eyes

Attila Fias is an award-winning, Hungarian born jazz pianist, composer, arranger and producer raised in Toronto. His special blend of sounds from across the globe reflects his rich and varied musical background with influences from Canada, Hungary, Brazil, Cuba and India. With over 100 internationally distributed albums to his credit, Attila has several gold and platinum records and has also recorded three albums of original music. His latest album called Ride was released to great acclaim and continues to receive regular radio airplay.

Newest album release “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes” from Multi Platinum selling jazz pianist Attila Fias is out today in all streaming and download stores features Solo piano Jazz classics like “Taking A Chance On Love”, “The Way You Look Tonight”, Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man” and more… A must add to your smooth jazz music playlist.

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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