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Eyran Katsenelenbogen: Solotude

The role of jazz in our culture is so ambivalent that artists with special talent can sometimes hide in plain sight. Based on the evidence of Solotude, Eyran Katsenelenbogen, originally from Israel, now on the faculty of the New England Conservatory of Music, is one.

Granted, Katsenelenbogen’s career has not been designed for wide popular appeal. He gives solo-piano recitals, and he plays vintage tunes such as “Stompin’ at the Savoy” and “Jersey Bounce.” But his technical command is so imposing that often he does not so much allude to Art Tatum as channel him. The over-the-top extravagance of “Lady Be Good,” with its supersonic ornamental runs and tempestuous arpeggios, will make you laugh out loud.

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