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Jean-Michel Pilc: Essential

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This intimate solo album, recorded live at the Fazioli Piano Loft of the Union County Performing Arts Center in Rahway, N.J., captures pianist Jean-Michel Pilc during two nights of pure improvisation. The former Parisian, a New Yorker since 1995, made his name with his acclaimed trio featuring bassist François Moutin and drummer Ari Hoenig. Here, Pilc, known for his remarkable technique and fondness for the unpredictable, adventurously reinvents standards such as “Take the ‘A’ Train,” “Blue in Green” and “I Remember You,” tackling Chopin’s “Waltz No. 3 in A Minor” and presenting a number of new originals with equal parts skill, gusto and creativity. Also included is video from a private session held during the same engagement.

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