Roberta Piket is not as well-known as she should be, but “Solo” gives plenty of examples of her deep, rich talent.
SOLO begins sweetly and tenderly and ends the same way — with vigorous questioning and exploring of various kinds in the middle. Roberta is an eloquent creator who takes chances but is true to her internal compass, whichever way it might point for a particular performance.
[Solo] is her first solo project. Her strengths carry over: emotional honesty, harmonic ingenuity, taste and discipline.
Solo captures her allusive wit and expansive imagination as she investigates classic compositions by Monk, Strayhorn, Sam Rivers, Chick Corea, and Wayne Shorter.
The rich thoughtfulness that characterizes Roberta Piket’s inventive improvising is immediately apparent on the first track of Solo… The result is an intriguing overview of a jazz pianist who still hasn’t quite received the ovations that her unique talents deserve.
With Solo [Piket] cements a reputation as a top level jazz artist…. Solo features Piket alone with the piano, the most challenging of formats. To say she has risen to the challenge is an understatement.
[Solo] displays a mastery that is frequently striking and always engaging. It’s hard to believe this is Piket’s maiden voyage on solo piano…. Her playing reflects various influences but it’s her own stunning and singular voice that makes this album so memorable.
“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
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