Rich Pellegrin

Solitude: Solo Improvisations

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MUSIC REVIEW BY Georges Tonla Briquet, Jazz'halo (Belgium)

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In the summer of 2019, pianist Rich Pellegrin withdrew to the Langley United Methodist Church on Whidbey Island (near Seattle) with the aim of confronting the musician in himself while improvising. From those moments of musical reflection he selected twenty-five short pieces that were given adapted titles ('Improvisation I' - 'Improvisation XXV').

The fact that he played an Everett Concert Grand Piano from 1915 also determined the dark timbre. At the final mix and mastering, Pellegrin asked the technician to prefer patina and minor flaws to technical perfection. Played from the first to the last note without premeditation, but simply a flow of "├ętudes" that all reflect the insignificance of man in a grand natural setting.

Despite or just because of the short duration of each snapshot, it is much more in-depth than most of what is currently offered under the banner of "new wave of piano".








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