Rafi Zabor’s Updoc, Fri 12/18 & Tues 12/22

PianoSolo piano, yes, but not for the whole two hours of this week’s Updoc—Friday at 8PM and noon next Tuesday, Steinway Piano Factory time. Temptations I couldn’t resist: two tracks from Fred Hersch’s new solo album—his tenth, believe it or not—and then Brad Mehldau from his still fairly new 4-CD set of solo piano concerts performed over the past ten years, and since I picked his version of a Radiohead tune, why not follow it with original, and then, after something in French, a bit of Art Tatum to pull the house down. Can’t do better than follow Tatum with Bach, in this case about a third of the prodigal Igor Levit’s new recording of The Goldberg Variations, after which we break form with Sonny Rollins’ complete set of The Alfie Variations. And so on for a couple of entertaining hours. And have you heard Katie Bull’s new record? There’s a long piece of it toward the end, so be there if you like.

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