“Roberta Piket isn’t a blusterer: each of her pieces seeks to solve a particular problem, and she’s quietly been working on form and conceptual matters in the spirit of devoted explorers like Chick Corea and Richie Beirach.”
“An exceptional modern-jazz pianist hovering just outside the radar, Piket looks beyond the tradition while tipping her hat to its verities. She’s joined by two players who prize invention and subtlety as much as she does, Harvie S and Billy Mintz.”
“Wonderful and versatile…. A strikingly fine pianist and composer… Expect jazz in its more multi-limbed, open-ended definition.”
“It’s Piket’s two-handed keyboard work that has Keith Jarrett’s facility but more guts….”
“Roberta is a force to be reckoned with and one to watch.”
“Roberta Piket is a revelation on the piano, a virtuosa whose skill and innovation can enliven and transform any song.”
“If you were lucky enough to hear Roberta Piket…you heard an exceptional talent…with probing lyricism and creative fluency…a fine instinct for leading a rhythm section…always taking the music to a more elevated plateau.”
“Piket is emerging as one the top tier of improvising pianists around today.”
“A favorite of Marian McPartland, Piket is a deeply swinging, intelligent, two–fisted pianist.”
“A sense of discovery abounds.”
“(Critic’s Choice) Constantly curious, she has released a series of recordings probing across the landscape from retro-mainstream to free jazz.”
“Piket plays with a studied abandon… she’s completely familiar with the entire history of jazz piano which she translates into a comfortably post-modern attitude…. What a gift to evoke everyone from Jelly Roll Morton to Stanley Cowell!”
“Pianist and composer Roberta Piket stands among the elite minds of modern jazz.”
“…a jazz pianist who still hasn’t quite received the ovations that her unique talents deserve.”
“A modern romantic with a contemporary harmonic sense and a timeless genius for inventing fresh, crisp ideas.”
“The revelation of this year’s (Earshot Jazz) festival was Roberta Piket.”
“Roberta Piket is not as well-known as she should be, but “Solo” gives plenty of examples of her deep, rich talent.”
The daughter of a European composer and a Great American Songbook singer, pianist/composer Roberta Piket is one of a handful of New York musicians who is respected for both her swinging and inventive straight-ahead jazz playing as well as her powerful and sensitive work in creative improvised music. For Roberta, there are no genre boundaries, only the opportunity to make exceptional music.
Roberta’s father was the Austrian composer Frederick Piket, whose works were performed by the New York Philharmonic under famed conductor Dimitri Mitropoulos. (The elder Piket, who passed away when Roberta was eight, is also renowned for his significant contribution to the musical liturgy of reform Judaism.)
From her mother, Roberta learned by ear the tunes of Porter, Gershwin, Kern, Rodgers, and Berlin (as well as accompanying lyrics).
In her early teens, a chance encounter with a classic Muse LP rescued from a flea market changed the course of Roberta’s life.
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