Solo Piano Jazz
In a way, playing jazz all on your own without any support from your rhythm section, is probably one of the hardest things you can do.
Not many pianists can pull it off. Keith Jarrett is probably even more legendary for his solo than his trio work, but beyond him, how many pianists do you really want to listen to solo?
Brad Mehldau has recently shown he can pull it off, Bill Evans has the occasional good solo album (although he is much better as a trio), and then who?
He has already published several solo albums, including Cantopiano, Avanti!, and Adelante.
He is overall not very well known, which really is a pity, as he’s probably one of the most amazing pianists we have today in Jazz. In a way, he probably is a “musician’s musician”, admired by many of his peers, but unfortunately not yet a household name.
Part of the problem is that is seems to be very hard for Jazz musicians today to find global distribution of their albums. Many albums of Europe-based artists often take months to be released in the US. How this is possible in the day of the Global internet still puzzles me, but probably relates to the fact that rights for music are still being negotiated on a country by country basis like back in the 1950s. A very sad state of affairs.
Another issue here maybe Mirabassi himself, he’s moderately active on social media, but his website hasn’t been updated for quite a bit and doesn’t even feature his latest album.
Giovanni Mirabassi – Live in Germany
This album is still very recent, but was actually recorded in 2014. This album was recorded in front of a lucky audience at Bauer Studios in Germany.
Unlike Jarrett, this is not simply totally improvised, we’ re talking about actual songs here as a basis. You’ll get standards made popular by the great Ella Fitzgerald, but also features songs by Edith Piaf and Mercedes Sosa.
This is probably his best solo album to date. Or maybe it is to me because I simply love standards. He plays around with the melodies, sometimes only sticks to the chord structure, but you`ll always recognize the beautiful tunes. I just love it.
I strongly recommend you check this out, and even more to see him live!
My rating: 4 stars