Impromptu CD (2010)
Impromptu classical music CD New York-based pianist/composer Ted Rosenthal releases his 12th CD, "Impromptu," September 28th, 2010, on Playscape Recordings. This release finds Rosenthal's trio, featuring bassist Noriko Ueda and drummer Quincy Davis, reinventing music by Brahms, Chopin, Mozart, Puccini, Schubert, Schumann and Tchaikovsky for the classic jazz piano trio format.
"There aren't many modern jazz pianists more dexterous than Mr. Rosenthal," writes the New York Times' Nate Chinen. Critics have called him "a skilled, imaginative artist" (David R. Adler, AllMusic ) and "an inventive pianist with super chops, mercurial wit and abundant imagination" (Owen McNally, Hartford Courant). JazzTimes' Harvey Siders notes, his "writing and playing exude a confidence that guarantees he can execute any lick he writes or hears-and it will swing." AllAboutJazz-New York's Elliott Simon adds, "Rosenthal continues to impress as a pianist who, while ostensibly working in the mainstream, consistently infuses his projects with a fresh creative aesthetic." "For the past few years, I have regularly performed my jazz arrangements and improvisations on themes from the classical repertoire, both with my trio and as a soloist," Rosenthal explains in the liner notes. "My goal is for the music to sound like a natural, unforced jazz presentation. It feels very natural to craft these pieces into forms like that of the Great American Songbook. I like to play them with the ease and familiarity of a favorite standard, and the harmonic progressions lend themselves to similar harmonic re-workings that I do with the American standards. For me, playing jazz on these classical themes ...
Impromptu CD (2008) (Import)
* features Dublin-born pianist, Finghin Collins. With 19 tracks, Finghin explores the classics of the piano repertoire ranging from Handel's Harmonious Blacksmith, Mozart's Rondo alla Turca, Daquin's Le Coucou to Chopin's Minute Waltz and the virtuosic Flight of the Bumblebee. Finghin Collins was anxious to include some less familiar works on * and so the CD begins with miniature painting...