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Roberta Piket: Emanation (Solo: Volume 2)

At one time, pianists could be chastised for having a “weak left hand,” which simply played chords while the right hand did all the heavy lifting. On her second album of solo piano, Roberta Piket proves that not only is her left hand well equipped, it often drives the songs with its sharp rhythmic attack. This is clear from the opening moments, when she unleashes a strong “Softly, as in a Morning Sunrise” in which the low riff gives it a potent charge. The choice to reframe a classic in an odd time signature can be more about chops and less about feeling, but Piket’s 7/4 take on “Con Alma” swings delicately, especially when both hands move in parallel lines toward the end of her solo.

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