Azure Miles Records Piano Improvisation Series

Piano Improvisations by Michael Robinson

 

Four New Piano Improvisation Albums Releases!

 

Three New Piano Improvisation Albums Releases!

 

"...Robinson operates on the threshold of fluidity and structure..." (All About Jazz 2022)

 

"A mix of originals and radically reimagined standards..." (All About Jazz 2021)

 

Thank You Bill and Jocelyn

 

On Losing A Piano Teacher

 

Standards Proving To Be A Jazz Phoenix

 

Prismatizing Standards with Jazz and Raga Amalgams, Polymodality and Equal Temperament Tuning

 

The Azure Miles Records Piano Improvisation Series represents an unexpected yet welome development. While my compositions and performances for meruvina are my primary music, these piano improvisations show another side of me.

When I first learned how Bill Evans refused to divulge his pianistic secrets to another player because he feared this would deprive that person of the enormously pleasurable (and perilous!) experience of developing a personal approach, I thought it was an excuse, and Bill was being miserly. Now, that impression has changed drastically. All it really takes is to actually spend consistent time playing the piano, together with nurturing one's musical spirit and knowledge through listening to and studying music with creative substance, to see that Evans was not joking. Most recently, the influence of Lennie Tristano, the teacher of my primary jazz teacher, Lee Konitz, arose spontaneously without any conscious premeditation.

Jocelyn, in her nineties, and owning an Steinway grand over a hundred years old, is the person who first asked me to play standards for her once a week, a custom that began my pianistic explorations, including her most kind encouragement. I've only played standards for her, this being her favorite music. Sometimes she sings along and often taps.

While meruvina composition and performance remains my primary musical avenue, improvising on the piano is engaging, too. Now, for the first time since childhood and teenage years, I actually have a keyboard at home.

Over Chicken Soup details some of my earlier piano playing. The first two paragraphs here are taken from Thank You Bill and Jocelyn.

 

In My Tree (2022) new release!

Azure Miles Records Piano Improvisation Series 17

 

Past My Bed (2022) new release!

Azure Miles Records Piano Improvisation Series 18

 

Nobody Told You (2022) new release!

Azure Miles Records Piano Improvisation Series 19

 

June Night (2022) new release!

Azure Miles Records Piano Improvisation Series 20

 

Wandered Around (2022) new release!

Azure Miles Records Piano Improvisation Series 14

 

Eventide (2022) new release!

Azure Miles Records Piano Improvisation Series 15

 

Blossoms Waiting (2022) new release!

Azure Miles Records Piano Improvisation Series 16

 

Not Like Before (2021)

Azure Miles Records Piano Improvisation Series 08

 

Somebody Whisper (2021)

Azure Miles Records Piano Improvisation Series 09

 

Wonderful Schemes (2021)

Azure Miles Records Piano Improvisation Series 10

 

For A Whirl (2021)

Azure Miles Records Piano Improvisation Series 11

 

The City Sleeps (2021)

Azure Miles Records Piano Improvisation Series 12

 

Bounce the Moon (2021)

Azure Miles Records Piano Improvisation Series 13

 

Turning Rain (2021)

Azure Miles Records Piano Improvisation Series 07

 

Orion's Hour (2021)

Azure Miles Records Piano Improvisation Series 06

 

Stargirl (2021)

Azure Miles Records Piano Improvisation Series 05

 

Distanced (2019)

Azure Miles Records Piano Improvisation Series 04

 

Weaver's Loom (2019)

Azure Miles Records Piano Improvisation Series 03

 

Seventh Avenue (2019)

Azure Miles Records Piano Improvisation Series 02

 

Mystic Toy (2018)

Azure Miles Records Piano Improvisation Series 01

 

- Michael Robinson, Los Angeles

 

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