Rich Pellegrin

Solitude: Solo Improvisations

OA2 22189

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Moments of absolute bliss. . . .Pellegrin does as the great pianists do, providing encouragement and graceful touches in the background, before jumping forward to take solos that are by turns florid and cracked, balletic and modern.
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Having released three powerful, boundary-crossing quintet records over the past decade, Rich Pellegrin turns to a small historic church, a piano, and an abundance of open time for "Solitude," a set of contemplative improvisations. Recorded at Whidbey Island's charming Langley Methodist Church, near Seattle, Pellegrin captures the spirit of place in these times, exploring the wide-open spaces of the mind and reconnecting with water, mountains and forest. The piano itself, a relic with its own idiosyncrasies and character, is another personality in the performance as its creaks and exhortations suggest paths for the performance to wander. With "Solitude," an accomplished musical mind with far-reaching intentions offers the freedom to just "be."


Track Listing:

SET ONE
1 Improvisation I 1:44
2 Improvisation II 1:48
3 Improvisation III 0:48
4 Improvisation IV 1:11
5 Improvisation V 1:22
6 Improvisation VI 1:06
7 Improvisation VII 1:47
8 Improvisation VIII 1:34
9 Improvisation IX 1:09
10 Improvisation X 1:54
11 Improvisation XI 6:27

SET TWO
12 Improvisation XII 2:25
13 Improvisation XIII 1:11
14 Improvisation XIV 1:06
15 Improvisation XV 1:36
16 Improvisation XVI 2:04
17 Improvisation XVII 0:50
18 Improvisation XVIII 1:19
19 Improvisation XIX 3:11
20 Improvisation XX 1:03
21 Improvisation XXI 2:35
22 Improvisation XXII 1:22
23 Improvisation XXIII 0:54
24 Improvisation XXIV 2:10
25 Improvisation XXV 1:20

Performers:

Rich Pellegrin - piano

Production Info:

Produced by Rich Pellegrin
Recorded by Rich Pellegrin at
Langley United Methodist Church,
Langley, WA, Summer, 2019
Mixed & Mastered by Rob Boullion,
assisted by Caleb Alexander at
LinderVox Sound, Columbia, MO
Cover design & layout by John Bishop


Reviews of Solitude: Solo Improvisations

All About Jazz (Dan McClenaghan)
4-STARS Pianist Richard Pellegrin teaches at the University of Florida, in Gainesville. But, when he is not teaching, he flies diagonally across the country to land in Seattle. Then he catches a ferry to Whidbey Island—his retreat from the daily hubbub of making a living. His CD release Solitude was recorded there, at the Langley Methodist Churc ...

Midwest Record (Chris Spector)
Solo piano improv that veers from impressionistic to stately and back. Leaving his group work behind for a hot second, this set gives him the room to stretch out and really call his own shots as there's no need for telepathy. The cat plays deep and never loses your attention. ...

The Answer Is In The Beat, WCBN (Paul Simpson)
Rich Pellegrin's last album was performed with the quintet he's been playing with for a decade, with one piece performed by a contemporary classical ensemble from the University of Missouri. His newest release, however, consists entirely of solo piano improvisations recorded in a church in Washington. The majority of them are brief, encountering a ...

Columbia Daily Tribune (Aarik Danielsen)
One-time University of Missouri professor Rich Pellegrin sits down at the piano and builds worlds on his latest album. Exquisite and meditative, "Solitude: Solo Improvisations" (OA2) unites the language of 21st-century jazz and neoclassical music to create something curious and spiritual. Pellegrin now splits time between two disparate climates ...









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