|Mcdonas, Thollem / Solo Piano|
|Add Date:||2005-12-04|| ||Pull Date:||2006-02-05|| ||Charts:||Jazz|
|Week Ending:||5 Feb||22 Jan||15 Jan||18 Dec||11 Dec|
Solo piano. Thollem's previous albums (filed under "Thollem/Rivera") showed off oddball jazz stylings; here he's a bit more on the serious classical side but still flashing some weirdness. It carries the seriousness of chamber music but the attitude of, well, college radio. |
These seem to be improvised pieces, each one running through two or three short ideas, often with little pauses in there. Fun and interesting, and a very different kind of solo piano record.
1- Super fast and turbulent, then delicate faux-new-age. Then fast rollicking fun.
2- Off-kilter runs. Then ocean-wave chords and slow melody
3- Fairly fast, scattery
4- Playful, gets into wacky inside-the-piano antics
5- Cascading classical notes, mostly midtempo. Spare.
6- Fast, gnarled notes. Ends with cool unison playing.
7- Ringing pounding chords. Then plinky calm that builds into chaos.
8- Stern chase music, then high-note playfulness
9- Lots of stillness, particularly later on -- even though it's fast.
10- Almost like silent-movie music. Fast and bouncy, then sparse 11- Stringy melodic exercises; strong ending
12- Slowish start, into fast angular doodles
13- Couple of small passages, then a rolling rollicking one