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On Emanation, Piket… seeks an unusual and especially rewarding path… casting light into the music from fresh perspectives.
Much more can be said about the intricacy of Piket’s complex funk allusions on Herbie Hancock’s “Actual Proof,” or her elastic and inventive treatment of the written left-hand part in her “Fantasy On A Theme By Chopin.” For now, it’s enough to remark on how rare it is to find a pianist whose self-imposed limitations on dynamics and exhibitionism only empower her eloquence.
Emotional honesty, harmonic ingenuity, taste and discipline. [Review of Solo]
Listen to her deeply moving “Haunted Heart” and you’ll be swept away in shear sensitivity of her playing. Spending fifty minutes listening to an emerging talent’s solo piano voice on Emanation is time well spent.
Emanation brings touches of Bud Powell and Art Tatum to a combination of originals and otherwise… Whether she is re-harmonizing standards or filling an original with dreamy ambient emotional developments, this recital will hold your attention. A recording full of warmth and personal soul and quirkiness.
Her touch is elegant, expressive and musical. Most important, there is an extraordinary emotional intensity… truly an amazing creative and musical accomplishment… There are so many solo piano CDs coming out. Happily, this [Emanation] is one of the very best.
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.
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.
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.
…[T]here 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.
“Roberta Piket is not as well-known as she should be, but “Solo” gives plenty of examples of her deep, rich talent.”
Included in [Emanation] is a masterful cover of Dizzy Gillespie’s “Con Alma” displaying flawless technique and a decidedly inventive style.
[On Emanation there] are well-defined melodies, intelligent harmonies and solos that build upon those harmonies and melodies in logical fashion. This is music that breathes, that reaches out for the heart and soul of the listener and, on occasion, for the dancing feet. “Emanation” …deserves your close attention.
[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.
Recent Solo Performances:
- Rochester International Jazz Festival
- Reigen, Vienna, Austria
- Piano Festival, Kostel sv. Vavřince, Prague, Czech Republic
- An Die Musik, Baltimore,
- Palomar College, San Marcos, CA
- Chez Hanny, San Francisco
- Smalls Jazz Club, New York
Roberta’s three solo piano recordings are available for streaming and purchase: