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Solotude

by Eyran Katsenelenbogen

Ultimate piano versions of classics like The Christmas Song and Take Five. Solotude features 17 jazz standards with distinctive arrangements that range from romantic-rhapsodic to intellectual-Monk style, while remaining loyal to bebop, swing and stride.
Genre: Jazz: Piano Jazz
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2. Stompin' At the Savoy (Goodman-Webb-Sampson)
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3. Solitude (Ellington-Delange-Mills)
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4. Lady Be Good (I.Gershwin-G.Gershwin)
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5. Jersey Bounce (Johnson-Platter-Bradshaw-Wright)
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6. Rhythm-a-ning (Monk)
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7. Take Five (Desmond)
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8. Armando's Rhumba (Corea)
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9. Monk (original Title Theme of the TV Series Monk) (Beal)
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10. Blue Monk (Monk)
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11. Four Brothers (Giuffre)
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12. But Beautiful (Burke-Van Heusen)
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13. All the Things You Are (Kern-Hammerstein)
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14. The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire) (Torme-W
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15. You Must Believe in Spring (Legrand-Demy-M.Bergman-A.Bergman)
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16. Bouncing With Bud (Powell-Fuller)
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17. Do You Love Me? Live (from 'Fiddler On the Roof') (Harnick-Bock)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
BOSTON, MA. -- Internationally acclaimed jazz pianist Eyran Katsenelenbogen releases his eight CD, Solotude. A pun on Ellington's Solitude, The CD's title combines the words Solo and Etudé and reflect the idea of Eyran's entire career being a life-long extended musical study in playing solo. Eyran's sound is highly original and remains loyal to the rich tradition of American jazz piano. Solotude features 17 jazz standards with distinctive arrangements that range from romantic-rhapsodic to intellectual-Monk style while encompassing bebop, swing and stride. This solo etudé of 74 minutes was recorded in 6 different sessions between 2002 and 2005. It opens with a short studio version of Harnick's Do You Love Me? from Fiddler On The Roof and closes with a live version of the same song recorded two years earlier at a New England Conservatory faculty concert in Jordan Hall, Boston, MA. Solotude continues Eyran's musical journey, which started with tonal improvisation (Jazzonettes, Jazzis, 1989), continued with free improvisation (Formation, Eyran Records, 2001), and led to his highly successful traditional jazz solo piano CD It's Reigning Kats & Dogs & Bogen (Eyran Records, 2003).The CD will be distributed via CD Baby and its digital distribution program which includes iTunes, Rhapsody, BuyMusic, Emusic, Yahoo! Music, the new Napster, AOL's MusicNet, MusicMatch and additional physical and digital outlets.

Testaments on Eyran's previous works:
Katsenelenbogen recalls Tatum not only stylistically but technically as well. He has the same complete command of the keyboard, unerring sense of rhythm, and improvisational inventiveness the master jazz pianist possessed... These traits... make for as interesting an excursion in the realm of pianism as has been released...
-- Dave Nathan, All Music Guide

One should commend the undeniable qualities of this young composer, who knows how to turn the listener to a loyal companion for a journey on which one meets Bartok, Chick Corea, Keith Jarrett and the virtuosity of classical music - Horowitz, Pollini...
-- Jazz Hot Magazine

I consider Eyran Katsenelenbogen to be a pianist of extraordinary ability and a musician of rare quality...
-- Paul Bley, pianist

Eyran Katsenelenbogen continues his international touring with The 2006 Solotude CD Release Jazz Piano World Concert Tour. Past engagements included the 2005 Tel-Aviv Jazz Festival, Teatro di Marcello in Rome, L'inoui in Luxembourg, Conservatory of Zurich, Altstadtrathaus Concert Hall in Braunschweig and Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) in Toronto.

For complete information about Eyran Katsenelenbogen, including recent reviews, upcoming concerts and distributions, please visit www.eyran.com

Booking Contacts:
Scott Williams, Concert Manager, USA
Eleanor Malick, Concert Manager, International
Cynthia Cheng Correia, Booking & Marketing Director

Eyran Katsenelenbogen Management
Boston, MA USA
Phone 00 1 617 267 2648 * E-Mail: eyran@eyran.com * Web: www.EYRAN.com


Track Listing:
1. DO YOU LOVE ME? (FROM 'FIDDLER ON THE ROOF') (HARNICK-BOCK) JERRY BOCK ENTERPRISES / R&H MUSIC CO. MAYERLING PRODUCTIONS, LTD. 2:02
2. STOMPIN' AT THE SAVOY (GOODMAN-WEBB-SAMPSON) EMI ROBBINS CATALOG INC. / RAGBAG MUSIC PUBLISHING CORP. / RYTVOC, INC. 3:27
3. SOLITUDE (ELLINGTON-DELANGE-MILLS) EMI MILLS MUSIC INC. / FAMOUS MUSIC CORP. / SCARSDALE MUSIC CORP. 5:55
4. LADY BE GOOD (I.GERSHWIN-G.GERSHWIN) WB MUSIC CORP. 2:43
5. JERSEY BOUNCE (JOHNSON-PLATTER-BRADSHAW-WRIGHT) LEWIS MUSIC PUBLISHING CO. INC. 2:14
6. RHYTHM-A-NING (MONK) THELONIOUS MUSIC CORP. 2:37
7. TAKE FIVE (DESMOND) DESMOND MUSIC COMPANY (arrangement inspired by LAWRENCE TSEN) 5:47
8. ARMANDO'S RHUMBA (COREA) UNIVERSAL-MCA MUSIC PUB OBO LITHA MUSIC 3:40
9. MONK (ORIGINAL TITLE THEME OF THE TV SERIES 'MONK') (BEAL) SONGS OF UNIVERSAL, INC. 3:55
10. BLUE MONK (MONK) THELONIOUS MUSIC CORP. 4:29
11. FOUR BROTHERS (GIUFFRE) EDWIN H. MORRIS & CO A DIV OF MPL MUSIC PUBLISHING, INC. 3:48
12. BUT BEAUTIFUL (BURKE-VAN HEUSEN) BOURNE CO-BURKE & VAN HEUSEN DIVISION / DORSEY BROTHERS MUSIC A DIV OF MUSIC SALES CORP. 7:12
13. ALL THE THINGS YOU ARE (KERN-HAMMERSTEIN) UNIVERSAL - POLYGRAM INTERNATIONAL PUBLISHING INC. 5:29
14. THE CHRISTMAS SONG (CHESTNUTS ROASTING ON AN OPEN FIRE) (TORME-WELLS) EDWIN H. MORRIS & CO. A DIV OF MPL MUSIC PUBLISHING INC. / SONY/ATV TUNES LLC. 3:48
15. YOU MUST BELIEVE IN SPRING (LEGRAND-DEMY-M.BERGMAN-A.BERGMAN) NS BEAUJOLAIS MUSIC INC. 10:00
16. BOUNCING WITH BUD (POWELL-FULLER) CONSOLIDATED MUSIC PUBLISHERS A DIV OF MUSIC SALES CORP. / EMBASSY MUSIC CORP. 3:13
17. DO YOU LOVE ME? Live (FROM 'FIDDLER ON THE ROOF') (HARNICK-BOCK) JERRY BOCK ENTERPRISES / R&H MUSIC CO. MAYERLING PRODUCTIONS, LTD. 3:07

Total Time: 74:11


Notes about the recording:
TAKE FIVE / ARMANDO'S RHUMBA Recorded May 12, 2005 at Futura Productions, Roslindale, MA. Recording engineer: John Weston.
LADY BE GOOD / JERSEY BOUNCE / RHYTHM-A-NING / MONK THEME / ALL THE THINGS YOU ARE / THE CHRISTMAS SONG / YOU MUST BELIEVE IN SPRING / BOUNCING WITH BUD Recorded January 6, 2005 at Futura Productions, Roslindale, MA. Recording engineer: John Weston.
BLUE MONK Recorded live February 28, 2004 at the Theodore Parker Unitarian Church, West Roxbury, MA. Recording engineer: Kyle Wesloh.
FOUR BROTHERS Recorded December 16, 2003 at Boston University Concert Hal, Boston, MA. Recording engineer: Kyle Wesloh.
DO YOU LOVE ME? / STOMPIN' AT THE SAVOY / SOLITUDE / BUT BEAUTIFUL Recorded November 16, 2003 at The Music Room, Arlington, MA. Recording engineers: Andrew Lefkowits & Joachim Horsley.
DO YOU LOVE ME? (Live Version) Recorded live February 27, 2002 at Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory of Music, Boston, MA. Recording engineer: Patrick Keating.


Eyran Katsenelenbogen: Solo Piano.
Mastering: Jonathan Wyner, M-Works, Cambridge, MA.
Concept Art and Photography: Vincere Sylph, Vincere Sylph Productions, Boston, MA.
Graphic Design: Abby Getman, Artist Development Associates, Framingham, MA.
Produced by: Eyran Katsenelenbogen.
Eyran Records 9004
Bar Code: 663330900428

About Eyran Katsenelenbogen
Recipient of the ASCAP Plus Award for the years 2002 through 2006, jazz pianist Eyran Katsenelenbogen holds a faculty position at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston since 1996. He is named on the Massachusetts Cultural Council Performing and Touring Roster, which is a select list of artists supported by the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA). A classically trained pianist with a unique jazz style, Eyran has performed by invitation in concert and on radio and television around the world, including the United States, Europe and the Middle East.

Eyran's past acclaimed tours of Europe and North America included solo recitals and recordings at the landmark Jordan Hall, Boston; Vestibule Hall, London; L'inoui, Luxembourg; Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's (CBC) Glenn Gould Studio, Toronto; Futura Productions, West Roxbury; Altstadtrathaus Concert Hall in Braunschweig, Germany and the Conservatory of Zurich. His International Solotude CD Release tour included concerts at the Tel-Aviv Jazz&Blues Festival; 5C Cultural Center in New York; a faculty concert at New England Conservatory in Boston; concerts by invitation of Concerti del Tempietto at the Marcellus Theatre and Casina delle Civette in Rome; and the Jerusalem Academy of Music and the Brigham Young University Center for Near Eastern Studies in Israel. Past radio and TV appearances include WGBH, WERS, WHRB, Israeli Broadcasting Service (IBS) and Radio Télévision Belge Francophone (Belgium).

As an innovative improvisational jazz artist, Eyran Katsenelenbogen's recordings on record labels Jazzis, Savage, Oasis, and Eyran Records garnered rave reviews, several of which appear in highly regarded jazz publications, such as Jazz Hot, Paris; Cadence, New York; Jazz Journal International, London; and Internet jazz sites AllMusicGuide (AMG), JazzReview, All About Jazz and Altrisuoni (Italy). Eyran's CDs are distributed worldwide and available at popular stores and Internet outlets such as Amazon, Tower Records, Virgin Megastore , CD Baby, Target, Jazz Record Mart (Chicago), Jazzland and The Third Ear (Israel). Digital distribution includes many legitimate pay-per-download sites, such as Apple I-Tunes, Rhapsody, BuyMusic, MSN Music, Emusic, Napster, Yahoo! Music, AOL's MusicNet, MusicMatch, Sonny Connect and others.

In addition to his piano virtuosity, Eyran has pioneered techniques for teaching contemporary music performance to students with diverse needs. His innovative work at NEC with his student Matthew Savage have been featured on ABC's 20/20, Good Morning America and The Discovery Channel, and in printed media such as The Boston Globe, Wired Magazine and People Magazine. Eyran's CD with Matthew Savage, One is Not Fun, But 20 is Plenty, was endorsed by the American Autism Research Institute. Eyran continuously records and performs with his students. He has produced concerts for vocalist Patrice Monahan, performed with Hildy Grossman's Follen Angles, and produced and recorded a CD titled Just For Fun with pianist / composer Ellie Malick.

Eyran has enjoyed a world-class education in piano performance. First taught by Aida Barenboim, mother and teacher of famed pianist/conductor Daniel Barenboim, Eyran went on to complete his music education at the New England Conservatory, where he studied under renowned artists such as pianists Ran Blake, Paul Bley and Fred Hersch. Eyran also worked with Danilo Perez, George Russell, and Jimmy Heath. Under the direction of the virtuoso composer Gunther Schuller, Eyran delivered a performance that was declared "exemplary" by The Boston Globe. Eyran graduated with BB.M from the NEC in 1997 with Academic Distinction, Excellence in Performance, Pi Kappa Lambda (music honor society) and four consecutive National Dean's List awards.


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Jim Compton-Schmidt, Jazz with Jim, KFCF 88.1 FM, Fresno, CA.

It will be wonderful to play Solotude on my next Jazz with Jim program on KFCF.
Not since the pablo label produced the wonderful "Art Tatum Solo Masterpieces" have we been blessed by such good solo piano in our part of the music world...

Budd Kopman, All About Jazz

Art Tatum's spirit inhabits this phenomenal musician
Based on hearing Eyran Katsenelenbogen's new solo record, I have no choice but to say that Art Tatum's spirit inhabits this phenomenal musician. To be able to even remotely compare a pianist to Tatum is saying something, and even if you are familiar with Tatum's playing (say, on Pablo), you might not be prepared for what comes out of your speakers.

Solotude is made up of sixteen standards, including “Solitude”; two of the tracks are live, including a second version of “Do You Love Me” (from Fiddler On The Roof). Among other things, Tatum is famous for recording over 120 tunes in groups of fifteen, each in about an hour. In other words, he just sat down and played, oblivious that the tape was rolling. While these tracks have been collected from sessions spanning three years, one gets the feeling that Katsenelenbogen could also do this feat.

But stamina is hardly the issue. Solotude displays pianism of the highest order, combined with deep musicianship and extremely fast musical reflexes. In the notes to the Pablo solo sessions, Benny Green notes that when Tatum plays something that sounds out of time, it is actually exactly in time, and the same is true here. There seems to be a metronome ticking in Katsenelenbogen's head.

Even putting all of this aside, what Katsenelenbogen says during the actual improvisations makes each track an exciting adventure and the entire disc a fascinating journey. Many of the tracks are under three minutes, which further links him to the past and its attendant recording time limit. He manages to maintain contact with each tune while taking instantaneous flights of fancy (in perfect time), but he never sounds like he is showing off; everything just flows. Like Tatum, his music does not swing in the normal way, and even on something like Paul Desmond's “Take Five,” the bass vamp never sounds repetitive. The two Monk tunes, “Rhythm-A-Ning” and “Blue Monk,” are all Katsenelenbogen but never lose the Monkishness that make his tunes so instantly recognizable.

The longer tracks, “But Beautiful” (seven minutes) and “You Must Believe In Spring” (ten minutes) never flag and clearly show the pianist's ability to be expansive and still maintain a sense of the whole. These two tracks are full of drama and sweep the listener along.

And yet everything sounds completely improvised on the spot. Of course, Katsnelenbogen has played these tunes for years, but every run, arpeggio and figure that passes through his hands sounds freshly imagined. As if to make this point clear, the record begins and ends with two entirely different versions of “Do You Love Me.”

However you experience Solotude, it is an amazing recital.

Adam Baruch - Managing Director, Jazzis.

Bless you for the pleasures you bestow upon us with your magic fingers!
“Solitude” by Israeli pianist and composer Eyran Katsenelenbogen is another deeply emotional album for me. Of course in this case I can hardly be objective (but who gives a damn about objectivity when music is concerned), as I “discovered” Eyran almost 20 years ago when I released his debut album on my label (“Jazzonettes” on Jazzis Records). Eyran left Israel to settle in cold and dreary Boston, first to study and then to teach and perform music, and what a performer he is! In time he lost none of his juvenile spontaneity and innocence, but acquired a refined technique and a mature approach to the piano. His choice of recording music exclusively for solo piano could have proven disastrous for his career, being obviously the most intricate and precarious form of creating jazz – one on one with the instrument. Fortunately for Eyran (and all of us – his devoted listeners) he stood up to the challenge with bravery and flare and in my (not so) humble opinion reached the rank of the absolute top of his vocation. This beautiful album serves as a wonderful proof of his immense talent. On this album Eyran chooses to interpret 17 well known jazz standards (rather than play his own music). This could be a double-edged challenge, as virtually all the greatest piano players in the history of jazz have already performed all of those tunes. Nevertheless Eyran’s approach and vision manage to create new and undisclosed layers of musical delight based on the originals. He dares to play around with tempo, intonation and even combines a few of the melodies into a new melodic identity. Needless to say his performances are technically brilliant and flawless and his imagination boundless. He often plays as if there’s no tomorrow and the only negative thing I can say about this album is that it ended all much too soon for me – I just wanted more and more of this. Hopefully more will indeed follow suit on another album. “Rani” my friend – you make me proud. Bless you for the pleasures you bestow upon us with your magic fingers!