All posts tagged “Free improvisation

Lisa Ullén, Elsa Bergman, Anna Lund - Space
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Lisa Ullén, Elsa Bergman, Anna Lund – Space

Space is the first release by the trio of Lisa Ullén, Elsa Bergman, and Anna Lund, after they met as part of the Anna Högberg Attack’s sextet and released the excellent Anna Högberg Attack (2016), followed by the fabulous Lena (2020), which was indisputably a must-have album of 2020. It was recorded by Mats Äleklint on January 13, 2021, at Fylkingen, in Stockholm, Sweden, and was released by Relative Pitch Records.

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Best Jazz 2022 Immanuel Wilkins - The 7th Hand
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Immanuel Wilkins – The 7th Hand

The 7th Hand is the second album by saxophonist and composer Immanuel Wilkins, after the impressive and magnificent Omega (2020). For this release, Immanuel Wilkins kept the same quartet, with Micah Thomas on piano, Daryl Johns on bass, and Kweku Sumbry on drums. The 7th Hand was released on January 28, 2022, by Blue Note Records..

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Evan Parker - Winns Win
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Evan Parker – Winns Win

Winns Win is the new solo album by Evan Parker. It was released on October 1st, 2021, by Byrd Out. Winns Win is a solo album, inspired by the designer and activist William Morris, and it was recorded on September 21, 2020, at the William Morris Gallery on Winns Avenue, the site of William’s former house.

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Keith Jarrett Piano Solos 1998 2017
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Keith Jarrett – Piano Solos (1998-2017)

Keith Jarrett was diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome in the ‘90s. In 1997, he had to stop touring, recording, and even playing the piano. 1998 marked the point at which Keith managed to heal, recover, and come back to playing.

Nearly 20 years later, at the beginning of 2018, Keith suffered two major strokes that were serious enough that he is still partly paralyzed and unable to play the piano with two hands. “I don’t know what my future is supposed to be,” he told the New York Times in October 2020. “I don’t feel, right now, like I’m a pianist.”

2017 marked his last solo piano live performance.

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Naoko Sakata – Dancing Spirits
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Naoko Sakata – Dancing Spirits

Dancing Spirits is a solo piano album by the Japanese-born Sweden-based artist Naoko Sakata. After Inner Planets, released in 2020, Dancing Spirits was her second album, and was entirely improvised. It was recorded on the 18th and 19th of August 2020 at Annedalskyrkan, a church in the city of Gothenburg, Sweden. The album was released on March 26th, 2021.

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