Not a lot of shows coming up with all of my accompanist work looming, but I thought I'd share some things I've been checking out.
I've been listening to Keith Jarrett's Radiance, and album I couldn't get into when it first came out. Now that I've been doing more solo playing and my ears have improved, I thought it would be good to give it a few more passes. The concept is that he takes an idea from the previous improvised piece and forms a new piece out of it, and de-emphasizes melody, contrary to a lot of his more famous improvised piano performances. I also checked out Jessica Williams' Maybeck Hall album which is traditional in the rhythmic grooves, but refreshing in other ways, like extended techniques and low register melodic soloing. When I played at the Record Centre today I tried to stick to grooves but also inject the occasional improvised piece based on another piece I'd played. I ended up playing "Dreamy" and "Three, In All" after Darn That Dream and Four In One. The only real tangible connection was one motif and a title to play off of.
I also bought Bill Evans and Jane Ira Bloom LPs with the proceeds. Thanks to everyone who comes out to this fun little morning monthly project. I always leave feeling inspired.