Solo Piano

Roberta Piket Solo Jazz Piano

Solo (2012)

Emanation: Solo, Volume 2 (2015)

When musical partners vanish from sight and leave pianists to their own devices, many simply settle into a rut, falling back on actual technical devices and settling into routines. But there are those like Piket—a pianist’s pianist—that seem to always remain fresh, rewiring their brain patterns and hands with each and every solo number they perform. …a woefully underappreciated figure in jazz. Emanation, the latest piece of evidence to make the case for her artistry, is a memorable date that earns high marks in every category, from the creative to the technical to the emotional.
Dan Bilawsky, All about Jazz

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“I get restless easily and I’m always looking for new challenges,” pianist Roberta Piket reflects about her decision to record, at this point in her career, a full-length solo album. A versatile musician, she’s played both straight-ahead jazz and free music. Her most recent CD, Sides, Colors, explored the pastel shades and supple textures of an ensemble enhanced with strings and woodwinds. Love and Beauty, from 2006, presented her advanced concept of the modern jazz piano trio.

   
And on her 2003 release, I’m Back in Therapy and It’s All Your Fault, she experimented with electric instruments and groove-oriented pieces. So, for Roberta, a solo CD represents a new musical challenge, another fresh area of exploration, and the next step forward in her continuing growth as an artist.
“This is the first time I’ve done a recording of almost all standards,” she continues. “I felt that for my first solo recording I wanted to start with material as fundamental and malleable as the standard repertoire, a common reference point that I am very comfortable with.” – From the liner notes by Bob Bernotas

Recent solo performances:

  • Reigen, Vienna, Austria
  • Piano Festival, Kostel sv. Vavřince, Prague, Czech Republic
  • An Die Musik, Baltimore, MD
  • Palomar College, San Marcos, CA
  • Chez Hanny, San Francisco, CA
  • Smalls Jazz Club, New York


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