The Art of Solo Piano

Meine persönliche ultimative Solo-Piano-Einspielung stammt von Art Tatum, der als pianistisches Weltwunder bezeichnet wurde, und zwar jene Aufnahmen, die zwischen 1953 und 55 entstanden und auf 13 LPs mit dem Titel "The Tatum Solo Masterpieces" veröffentlicht wurden (Pablo). Am nähesten heran in bezug auf musikalische und instrumentelle Virtuosität kommen Solo-Aufnahmen von Martial Solal (z.B.: "Nothing but Piano", 1975, "The Solosolal", 1979, oder die Box "Live – 1959/85"). In unmittelbarer Nachbarschaft von Tatum in meinem Plattenregal stehen mehrere Solo-Einspielungen von Cecil Taylor, auch einem absoluten Neuerer des Klavierspiels. Hier zu empfehlen wäre die 11 CD-Box "In Berlin “88" (FMP, inklusive sehr feines Booklet), wo neben vielen Duos & Ensemble-Projekten auch eine bemerkenswerte Solo-Aufnahme veröffentlicht wurde. Und natürlich der taylor”sche Klassiker "Silent Tongues" live in Montreux, 1974. Weitere sehr interessante Piano-Solo-Aufnahmen stammen von Thelonious Monk "Solo Monk", 1965, Jelly Roll Morton "King Porter Stomp", 1923, Fats Waller "A Londres", 1936, (Kirchen-Orgel Solo!), James P. Johnson "The Original – Piano Solos",1942–1945 (er war übrigens ein Lehrer von Waller), Bud Powell "Piano Solos", 1952, Willie "The Lion" Smith "Harlem Piano", 1966, Barry Harris "Listen to Barry Harris", 1960, Earl 'Fatha' Hines "Solo", 1956, Eubie Blake "Piano Solos", 1971, Erroll Garner "Solitaire", 1955, Teddy Wilson "The Complete Teddy Wilson Piano Solos", 1991 veröffentlicht, Red Garland "Red Alone", 1960, Marian McPartland "Willow Creek and Other Ballads", 1985, Egberto Gismonti "Alma", 1986, Chucho Valdés "Solo Piano", 1991, Gonzalo Rubalcaba "Solo", 2006, Bill Evans "The Solo Sessions, Vol. 1 & 2", 1963, Hank Jones "Have You Met Hank Jones", 1956, Tommy Flanagan "Solo Piano", 1974 & "Alone Too Long", 1977, Annette Peacock "I'm The One", 1972, Joanne Brackeen “Live at Maybeck Recital Hall, Volume 1”, 1989 & "Popsicle Illusion", 2000, Elmo & Bertha Hope "Hope-ful", 1961, Mal Waldron "All alone", 1966, Oscar Peterson "Solo", 1972, Lennie Tristano "The New Tristano", 1961, Paul Bley "Open, to Love, 1972 & "Alone again", 1974, Ran Blake, "Plays Solo Piano", 1966 & "Breakthru", 1975 – übrigens von Paul Bley produziert, Anthony Davis "Past Lives" (1978), Leo Cuypers "In Amsterdam", (1979), Herbie Hancock "The Piano", 1979, Eliane Elias "Solos And Duets" (with Herbie Hancock!), 1994, Joe Zawinul "Di-a-lects", 1986, Cedar Walton “Piano Solos”, 1981, John Lewis "Statements and Sketches for Development", 1976, Keith Jarrett – nein nicht das Köln Konzert, aber dafür "Facing You", 1972, Chick Corea "Improvisations / Children”s Songs", 2010, Mary Lou Williams "Zoning", 1974, Andrew Hill "Live at Montreux", 1975 & "From California with Love", 1979, Dollar Brand "Ancient Africa", 1974, Abdullah Ibrahim "The Song is my Story", 2014, Phineas Newborn "Solo Piano", 1974, John Hicks "Solo", 1975, Sun Ra "Solo Piano", 1966, Yosuke Yamashita "It Don't Mean A Thing", 1984, Izumi Hirotaka "Complete Solo Piano Works", ersch. 2023, Wolfgang Dauner "Solo Piano", 1983, Ralph Towner "Simulacrum, 1999, Harry Tavitian "Old Balkan Rhapsody", 2002, György Szabados "Solo Part 1", 1964-89, "Part 2", 1990-2010, Mulgrew Miller "Solo", 2000, Keith Tippett "Mujician Solo IV", 2015, Misha Mengelberg "Pech Onderweg", 1979, Marilyn Crispell "For Coltrane", 1987, Randy Weston "Blues to Africa", 1974 & "Randy Weston Piano", 1975, George Wallington "The Pleasure Of A Jazz Inspiration", 1985, McCoy Tyner "Echoes of a Friend", 1972, Geri Allen "Homegrown", 1985, Tete Montoliu "Solo Piano", 1989, Muhal Richard Abrams "Young at Heart/Wise in Time", 1970, Borah Bergman "Burst of Joy", 1976, "A New Frontier", 1983 & "Upside Down Visions", 1984, Horace Tapscott "The Tapscott Sessions", 1982, Don Pullen "Solo Piano Album", 1975, Horace Parlan "The Maestro", 1979, Kenny Drew "Solo – Duo", 1966/78/83, Walter Norris "Live at Maybeck Recital Hall Volume 5", 1990, Burton Greene "Retrospective 1961-2005", 2005, Dave Burrell "Windward Passages", 1979, Christoph Spendel "The Art of Solo Piano", 1997, Billy Taylor "Solo", 1988, Hampton Hawes "The Challenge", 1968, Bobby Few "Continental Jazz Express", 2000, Sir Roland Hanna "Duke Ellington Piano Solos", 1990, Jimmy Rowles “Plays Ellington and Billy Strayhorn”, 1981, Jaki Byard "Solo Piano", 1969, Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn "Great Times! – Piano Duets", 1950, Junior Mance "Junior Mance Special", 1989, Andre Previn "Alone: Ballads for Solo Piano", 2007, Onaje Allen Gumbs "Bloodlife: Solo Piano Inspirations Based on the Melodies of Ronald Shannon Jackson", 2013, Art Lande "Tne Eccentricities Of Earl Dant", 1977, Michael J. Smith “The Dualities Of Man”, 1977, Masabumi Kikuchi "Attached (未練, Miren)", 1989, Sergey Kuryokhin "The Ways of Freedom", 1981, Vyacheslav Ganelin "Con amore" 1987 & "On Stage ... Backstage" 1992; Misha Alperin "At Home" 2000, Stanley Cowell "Musa: Ancestral Streams", 1973, Richie Beirach “Hubris”, 1977, Ahmad Jamal “Ballades”, 2007, Aki Takase "Perdido", 1982, Joachim Kühn "Solos", 1971 & "Melodic Ornette Coleman: Piano Works XIII", 2019, Enrico Pieranunzi "What”s What", 1988, Irene Schweizer "Piano Solo Vol 1 & 2", 1990, Sylvie Courvosier "Signs and Epigrams", 2007, Fred van Hove "Die Letzte", 1988, Alexander von Schlippenbach "Slow Pieces for Aki", 2020, Misha Mengelberg "Berlin Solo 1987", Chris McGregor "In His Good Times", 1977, Pat Thomas "NUR", 1999, Kenny Werner "Beauty Secrets", 1999, John Taylor "Insight Sketch", 2003, "Songs & Variations", 2004 & "Angel of the Presence", 2006, Michel Petrucciani "Oracle”s Destiny", 1982, Amina Claudine Myers "Poems For Piano", 1979, Meredith Monk "Steppe Music", 1997, Philip Glass "Solo Piano", 1989, "Solo", 2021, Steve Beresford "The bath of surprise", 1980, Django Bates "Autumn Fires (and Green Shoots)", 1994, Agusti Fernandez "Ardent", 2001, Eric Reed “Mercy And Grace”, 2002, Bobo Stenson "Solo Piano", 1999, Peter Ponger "Watercolours", 1992, Wolfgang Mitterer "Reluctant Games", 1992, Makoto Ozone "Pure Pleasure For The Piano with Ellis Marsalis Jr." 2012, Fred Hersch "Solo", 2015, Agustí Fernández "El Laberint de la Memòria", 2008, Michel Camilo "Solo", 2005, Anthony Coleman "Shmutsige Magnaten", 2006, Howard Riley "Shaped" 1977, Franco D´Andrea "Abstactions", 2001, Urs Voerkel "s´Gschänk", 1976, Nik Bärtsch "Hishiryo", 2002, Sophie Agnel "solo", 2000, Elisabeth Harnik "Ways Of My Hands", 2018, Ulrich Gumpert "´N Tango Für Gitti", 1984, Omar Sosa "Senses", 2011, Joey Calderazzo: “Haiku”, 2004, Chris Abrahams “Piano”, 1985, Klaus Ignatzek “Personally”, 2018, Toshiko Akiyoshi “Solo Piano”, 1975, John Wolf Brennan “The well-prepared clavier/ das wohlpräparierte clavier”, 1998, Ray Bryant “Alone in Montreux “, 1972, Uri Caine “Callithump”, 2014, Hal Galper “At café des copains”, 1990, Giorgio Gaslini “Piano Solo(incanti), 2011, Esbjörn Svensson "Home.s", 2008 (veröffentlicht 2022), Achim Kaufmann “Knives”, 2004, Jon Balke “book of velocities”, 2007, Kjetil Bjornstad: “Early Piano Music, 2011, Don Preston “Hear Me Out”, 2001, Keith Emerson „Emerson plays Emerson“, 2002, Monty Alexander “Solo”, 1980, “Solo, Café Wortner, Vienna” (übrigens mein Stammcafé), 1985 (ersch. 2023), Mario Laginha "Songs and Fugues", 2005, Veryan Weston "Playing Alone", 1993, Lyle Mays "Solo-Improvisations For Extended Piano", 1998, Don Friedman "From A To Z", 2005, oder drei ganz kuriose, nämlich "Mingus plays Piano" (1964), Anthony Braxton "Solo Piano (Standards)", 1995 und Charles Gayle "Jazz Solo Piano", 2001.

Natürlich gibt es auch aktuellere ausgezeichnete Beispiele wie Brad Mehldau "Ten Years Solo Live" oder Arbeiten von Brian Marsella "John Zorn”s Bagatelles Vol. 7", 2021, Craig Taborn "Shadow Play", 2020 (Wiener Konzerthaus), Iiro Rantala "My Working Class Hero", 2015, Myra Melford "Life Carries Me This Way", 2013, Sullivan Fortner “Solo Game”, 2023, Micah Thomas “Piano Solo”, 2022, Vijay Iyer “Solo”, 2010, Benny Green “Solo”, 2022, Leszek Mozdzer "Komeda", 2011, Stefano Bollani "Piano Solo", 2006, Nitai Hershkovitz "Call on the Old Wise", 2022, Antonis Anissegos "Piano Desktop Complete", 2022, Bugge Wesselthoft "Everybody Loves Angels", 2017, Alexander Hawkins "Iron into winds", 2022, Jason Moran "Solo", 2021, Simon Raab "Those Things Falling", 2023, David Helbock "Purple", 2012 & "Playing John Williams", 2019, Bill Laurance "Aftersun", 2016, Dan Tepfer „Natural Machines“, 2019 & „Inventions / Reinventions“, 2023, Tord Gustavsen "Inkarnasjon VI", 2020, Mathis Picard "Live at the Blue Llama", 2022, Gwilym Simcock "Good Days at Schloss Elmau", 2011, Tigran Hamasyan "A Fable", 2011, Aaron Parks "Arborescence", 2013, Hiromi Uehara "Spectrum", 2019, Michael Wollny "Mondenkind", 2020, Tania Giannouli "SOLO", 2023, Georg Graewe "Nothing Personal", RA CD 37, 38, 39, 2023, Georg Vogel "Piano Solo", 2022 & "Claviton Solo", 2024, Martin Listabarth "Short Stories", 2019, Elias Stemeseder "Piano Solo", 2021 – just to name a few....

Zwischen 6. und 8. Februar steht unser wunderbarer Fazioli-Flügel ganz alleine im Bühnenzentrum. Sehr spannend! CH