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The Unlonely Raindancer - 81CD (2019)

by Keith Tippett

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Dear Ireland 02:27
The Pool 03:20


"Discus may just have released the most important reissue of the decade. I should not write about it, for this is one of the milestones in both Keith Tippett’s career and the history of solo piano at large; plus, the album’s origin is narrated in the liner notes and on the web, so we won’t repeat it here. But the urge to invite anyone who is not yet acquainted with this remarkable music is too strong..... When Tippett loses himself into Sound, he calls everybody in. The perception of his technical mastery is almost forgotten, the stunning strength of the mass of harmonics elicited by his instrument in total command of the space. It’s not really comparable to other jazz-rooted pianists; rather, the feeling is similar to what’s normally experienced when Charlemagne Palestine attacks a Bösendorfer to induce a healing harmonic trance." - Massimo Ricci TOUCHING EXTREMES

This album consists of improvised music, except for the melody of Tortworth Oak, which developed during the. The pianos were not prepared, except for the final 1 ½ minutes of The Muted Melody, where the strings are dampened by a piece of wood. Music boxes are also used. The final piece Midnight Snow Walk is played on a zither.

April 1979 was my first solo piano tour. A tour of the Netherlands organised by my friend Rob Sötemann. In some ways I look upon this music as a blueprint for the Mujician solo albums, a trilogy recorded for FMP during the 1980's. A special thankyou to Martin Archer (Discus) for kindly re-releasing this album in 2019. A big thankyou to Hazel Miller (Ogun) for keeping the originals in safe storage - Keith Tippett, April 2019


released April 22, 2019

Keith Tippett - piano


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