Impromptus

by MISHA MENGELBERG

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    Humor often gets short shrift in improvised music, but Misha Mengelberg knows that it can be more profound than sturm und drang. Impromptus is an inspired and inventive solo piano romp through various short song forms. It's filled with hairpin turns and unexpected musical jokes, as well as passages that are touching and lyrical. Unfettered fun that's as serious as your laugh.

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05:28
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released July 12, 1990

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"Impromptus, a long, arresting recital, consists of 13 'Impromptus,' in which he plays piano (the keys and the innards), sings (on '6' he sounds like a bebop chicken; on '# 8,' the entire cast of a 'Punch and Judy' show), and whistles. He's funny, touching, and surprising."
--Gary Giddins, Entertainment Weekly

"He preserves a wistful regard for song-form in his very melodic free improvisations; and of course he has a pianistic identity as well as the closest you can get to unconstrained invention." -- The Wire

"If you are a fan of the character, the unique person, that is Misha Mengelberg; check Impromptus out, because his personality comes through loud and clear on this one." -- All Music Guide

"The finale stretches lushly over fifteen minutes. His subtle, unhurried keyboard style is most evident in situations like this." -- Free Jazz and Free Improvisation

Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD: 4 Stars

All Music Guide: 4 Stars

Misha Mengelberg: piano, voice

Recorded by Jost Gebers on June 4th, 1988, at the FMP-Studio in Berlin.
Mastered by Jonas Bergler.
Produced by Misha Mengelberg & Jost Gebers.

Booklet design/layout: Jost Gebers.
Photos: Dagmar Gebers

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