With each new release and each new tour, the pianist Lynne Arriale's critical acclaim and audience appeal seems to reach another level. With the release of her new recording, 'Solo', Arriale once again engages the spirit of reinvention and rises above the very best of her past efforts with an album of sublime beauty and virtuosity.
On 'Solo', which features bold new originals alongside works by Thelonious Monk, Cole Porter, Billy Joel and Lerner and Lowe, the spotlight is directly on Arriale's piano artistry, and her passionate spirit for this instrument and music. Following 15 years of working exclusively within the trio and quartet formats on her first nine CDs, Arriale decided the time was right for her to record her first solo CD. For Arriale, this project is a close and personal interpretation of the music, and for the listener it's an opportunity to hear Arriale with a new perspective, and a heightened level of intimacy. "Playing solo piano brings us inside the music and creates a closeness between performer and listener," she explains.
"Lynne Arriale's brilliant musicianship and bandstand instincts place her among the top jazz pianists of the day." - The New York Times
Personnel: Lynne Arriale (piano)