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Stefano Bollani
Piano Solo

Stefano Bollani piano
 
Antonia
Impro I
Impro II
On a Theme by Sergey Prokofiev
For All We Know
Promenade
Impro III
A Media Luz
Impro IV
Buzzillare
Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans
Como Fue
On The Street Where You Live
Maple Leaf Rag
Sarcasmi
Don't Talk


Recorded August 2005

ECM 1964
 
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“Piano solo” is a modest title for this encylopaedic recital that romps through the history of jazz and more, and which, in its rapid-fire, quick-witted turnover of ideas, reveals a unique musical personality. Italian pianist Bollani (born 1972) is a major talent, armed with prodigious technique. A taste of this will already have been gleaned from his contributions to Enrico Rava’s “Easy Living” and “Tati” but here his imagination roams widely indeed. Bollani plays a Scott Joplin rag, improvises freely, plays tango music from the early 20th century, plays standards, plays his own compositions. He plays the Beach Boys’ “Don’t Talk” and tunes made famous by Louis Armstrong and Nat King Cole. He improvises on a theme from Prokofiev’s First Piano Concerto... And: he makes this whirlwind journey through the genres seem both logical and necessary.