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Sarah Cahill Honors Terry Riley in a Moving, Pristine Four-Disc Collection

Eighty Trips Around the Sun: Music by and for Terry Riley is a massive tribute in honor of the pioneering composer on his 80th birthday. A labor of love and admiration from Sarah Cahill, unquestionably one of the finest pianists of our age.

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Keith Jarrett: No End

The great pianist, noodling in the studio on a couple of chords -- without end.

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Nils Frahm: Spaces

After years of charming his fans, this modern classical pianist delivers a collection of his most intimate performances.

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Birdy: Fire Within

Birdy is attempting to make her mark on her own terms with second album Fire Within, her first release entirely composed of original material. The results are certainly better than you might expect.

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Moonface: Julia with Blue Jeans On

Spencer Krug wields the love song like it's the best sword in his collection.

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Avishai Cohen: Duende

Avishai Cohen and Nitai Hershkovits form a compelling, eclectic jazz duo filled with spirit on Duende.

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Robert Haigh: Darkling Streams

See how the father of 'ambient drum'n'bass' evolved his sound into gorgeous modern classical.

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Davell Crawford: My Gift to You

My Gift to You serves as a sincere, brilliant ode to Crawford’s illustrious hometown.

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Jeri-Mae G. Astolfi: Here (and There)

The six tracks on this album were commissioned by her from six different composers, and all of them modify her skilful piano sound to a greater or lesser degree, artificially.

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Chris McGregor: Sea Breezes, Solo Piano Live in Durban 1987

The influence of Duke Ellington is clear here on these mostly melodic pieces, but so is the inspiration of free, improvisatory jazz.

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Espen Eriksen Trio: What Took You So Long

These tunes prove that modern jazz can comfort without turning sentimental.

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Lady Lazarus: All My Love in Half Light

An elegiac quality pervades All My Love in Half Light, steeped in the melancholy of a ghost adrift on the marshes of Wuthering Heights, unable to find a home to haunt.

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Samuel Yirga: Guzo

Nothing is settled but it hangs together so clearly that you feel the controlling intelligence stepping from one idea to the next with its eyes on culmination.

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Rudolf Buchbinder: Beethoven: The Sonata Legacy

If you are on a budget, I'm sad to report that Beethoven: The Sonata Legacy is superb.

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Maya Solovey: Forte

The Brooklyn-based songwriter pulls back from the international scope of her previous work to make an "American"-sounding EP, with the big sound, melodrama and lack of subtlety that might imply.

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Anathema: Weather Systems

Weather Systems still finds Anathema to be one of prog/art-rock's most beautiful groups, despite the imbalance in the sequencing of the album.

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Hiroe Sekine: After the Rainfall

Sekine’s gentle piano playing largely provides the rhythm and tempos over which the sound of a saxophone, flute, bass, drums, and even occasional vocals pour like honey.

Steve Horowitz
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Reinhold Friedl: Inside Piano

All this sonic variety and depth covers up one impressive fact: Friedl is creating these sounds inside a Steinway piano, in real time.

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Gabe Dixon: One Spark

Piano man takes aim at pop stardom.

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Tori Amos' Latest Video Continues Her Tradition of Cheese

Tori Amos' latest video continues her long running awkward relationship with the visual medium.

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Craig Taborn: Avenging Angel

This set invites reflection and negotiation even as it demands both energy and patience.

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Antonymes: The Licence to Interpret Dreams

It's the lingering of sounds that interests Ian M. Hazeldine.

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Jean-Philippe Collard-Neven: Fleeting Music

"Oh, screw it. Roll tape," says Belgian composer Jean-Philippe Collard-Neven.

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Charlotte Martin: Dancing on Needles

Charlotte Martin can wail like a banshee in the stratosphere, but she never sacrifices musical clarity or pop propulsion.

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Marina & The Diamonds: The Family Jewels

Marina has very ambitious goals for herself, which I can't imagine the majority of her audience really sharing on her behalf.

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Nico Muhly: Speaks Volumes

It's two degrees of separation; it's meta-evocation.

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Hauschka: Versions of the Prepared Piano

To really love it I'd have to enjoy Tarwater's "World of Things to Touch" as much as I like "Para Bien" and I don't, I can't.

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Dexter Romweber: piano

Short programme, late Romantic post-Liszt piano music, freshly composed and freshly played con amore.

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Anne Ducros: PIANO, piano

A top French jazz vocalist strangles a string of the usual standards, with Chick Corea and Jacky Terrason aiding and abetting on some tracks

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