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There are few jazz musicians with the technical mastery of pianist Paul Plimley, whose dazzling skills and broad tastes startle as they impress. Plimley's influences are legion, ranging from Chopin and Brahms to James Brown and Cecil Taylor. They are all heard here on this solo outing, which features Plimley occasionally on percussion, voice, and conch, in addition to the keyboards. The 17 short vignettes (the majority are under three minutes) generally combine original composition and improvisation, although the impressive "Parachute Four," clocking in at just under eight minutes, is totally composed. The pianist encompasses nuanced statements, sensitive reflections, and electrifying activity. The CD-R portion of the recording contains an interactive composition and descriptions of each track.


Born: 1953 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Cana

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s

Vancouver-based pianist Paul Plimley studied European classical music with various teachers from the University of British Columbia, but in his own musical pursuits has remained firmly ensconced in the world of avant jazz and creative improvisation. Plimley has been active as a pianist, composer, and improviser for two decades but first gained significant attention from audiences and the media after an acclaimed performance with bassist Lisle Ellis at the 1989 Festival de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville...
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