Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Kristjan Randalu - Absence (ECM 2018)

Estonian pianist Kristjan Randalu makes his ECM debut with a striking album of his own rigorous-yet-lyrical music, sensitively played by a trio formed especially for this recording, with US guitarist Ben Monder and Finnish drummer Markku Ounaskari. As an improviser of prodigious technique, once described by Herbie Hancock as “a dazzling piano player”, Randalu’s affinities are with the jazz musicians, but the forms and dynamics of his pieces also reflect a discerning sense of structure, and he has cited composers  Erkki-Sven Tüür and Tõnu Kõrvits amongst his mentors. Absence was recorded at Studios La Buissonne in the south of France in July 2017 and produced by Manfred Eicher.

1 FORECAST (Kristjan Randalu) 09:27
2 LUMI I (Kristjan Randalu) 05:09
3 SISU (Kristjan Randalu) 04:52
4 LUMI II (Kristjan Randalu) 03:23
5 ESCAPISM (Kristjan Randalu) 06:06
6 ADAPTION I (Kristjan Randalu) 03:07
7 ADAPTION II (Kristjan Randalu) 05:55
8 PARTLY CLOUDE (Kristjan Randalu) 05:12
9 ABSENCE (Kristjan Randalu) 04:49

Kristjan Randalu   Piano
Ben Monder   Electric Guitar
Markku Ounaskari   Drums