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Jon Balke
Book of Velocities

Jon Balke piano
 
Chapter I
Giada
Scintilla
Spread
Castello
Resilience

Chapter II
Single Line
Nyl
Double Line

Chapter III
Obsidian
Sunday Shapes
Gum Bounce
Finger Bass
Contrivance

Chapter IV
Drape Hanger
Septima Llegada
Reel Set
Scrim Stand

Epilogue
Sonance
Nefriit

Recorded September 2006
ECM 2010
 
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Norwegian pianist Jon Balke’s first-ever solo disc is a remarkable ‘book’ of 19 short pieces, grouped into four chapters and an epilogue, of music composed and improvised, exploring a whole vocabulary of ideas, techniques, rhythms, textures and sound-colours. Resembling no other disc in the solo piano genre, this is another strikingly original release from the instigator of the Magnetic North Orchestra and Batagraf.