Pianosolo — A Concert in Berlin

by MARILYN CRISPELL

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    This concert from 1983 is one of Crispell's earliest official releases, and has been out of print (on LP) for years. Coming on the eve of her decade-long participation with the Anthony Braxton Quartet, one can hear many of the elements that made her such a perfect fit for that group: an ideal combination of technical brilliance, structural audacity, and an open, fearless approach to improvisation. While there are parallels with Cecil Taylor -- a clear, stated influence of Crispell's -- her work here communicates differently: the pace and drive and clusters are there, but there is also more room for rumination and a clear beauty. It's a stunning document of pianist just coming into her own. ... more

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"[T]his reviewer’s feeling about the album at hand is that it is quite good. Crispell has a developing independence of the hands that make for some engaging interaction. This can most clearly be heard on 'Rounds' and 'Spaces & Elements'"--Cadence

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released 25 October 1983
All compositions by Marilyn Crispell, except "Evidence" by Thelonious Monk.

Recorded live by Jost Gebers on July 2nd, 1983, during
the Summer Music concert series at the Haus am Waldsee in Berlin.

CD mastering by Olaf Rupp.
Produced by Jost Gebers.

Cover design and photographs by Dagmar Gebers.

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