Title - Alive - Live at Dièse Onze, Montréal
Artist - Jean-Michel Pilc
For those not in the know, Paris-born Jean-Michel Pilc’s piano artistry comes from an expansive imagination and a fearless sensibility of musical exploration. Expressive liberty is the artistry.
Improvisation, says Pilc is often associated with freedom, but beware of appearances. When inspiration strikes, music has a way to lead you from one moment to the next that gives you no choice but to follow the flow.
And when all members of the band hear the same sound, all of it, and react not as individuals but as part of that sound, then it feels like home, or family.
Unpredictability becomes evidence, that feeling of evidence was palpable, more than ever when we were recording the album. The music was vital, to us and to the audience, and we experienced the full gamut of human emotions.
On his just-released Alive - Live at Dièse Onze, Montréal (Justin Time Records), and which also features Remi-Jean LeBlanc on bass and Jim Doxas on drums and percussion, Jean-Michel Pilc showcases perfectly his formidable, and at times amazing techniques as a maximalist improviser (there are actually two albums in this release of recordings from Montréal made last year, but the second is only available as a download).
1. Softly As In A Morning Sunrise (14:29)
2. 11 Sharp (10:07)
3. Nardis (12:17)
4. All Blues (11:25)
5. Alive (11:19)
This simply beautiful, free flowingly decadent new album opens on the crackling energy of the fifteen minute Softly As In A Morning Sunrise and the vibrancy of the drum-led 11 Sharp and then seamlessly blends those with the, at first tranquil, passive even, but later morphing into an explosive kaleidoscope of sound and musical colors within Nardis, the recording rounding out on the foot-tapping, finger-snapping, late night club melodies and rhythms of the twelve minute All Blues, coming to a righteous close on the near twelve minute, sedately ambient title track itself, Alive.
Praised for his improvisations, pianist and composer Jean-Michel Pilc has performed with numerous jazz giants. He worked with Harry Belafonte as his musical director and pianist and performed a duet with the legendary opera singer Jessye Norman.
An active solo performer on the international scene, Jean-Michel has released four critically-acclaimed solo piano records, he regularly performs in trio with both Montreal and NYC-based ensembles at top venues throughout both cities.
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