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Singularity and My Ideal

PR 1401-CD22





Meaning of the Blues


Lonely Woman



Augmented Tree

Donít Explain

Passion Theme

My Ideal Ė alternative takes (bonus album)

My Ideal

The Epic

Out to Sea

Red Eye

Paisellu Miu

A Whiter Shade of Pale

Nín Siata

Michel Bisceglia (piano); Werner Lauscher (bass): Marc Lťhan (drums)

Recorded 2013, Crescendo Studio, Genk [56:58 + 41:00]

These two discs are released in a card slipcase; Singularity is the main focus with alternative takes from the trioís My Ideal being included as a bonus album. Though both discs carry different catalogue numbers itís Singularityís that is the catalogue number for both discs.

Michel Bisceglia is a Belgian pianist of Italian origin. With his trio he crafts a tremendously lyric and richly chorded sound world here. Heís a fluent and fluid improviser, calling on Blues lexicon once in a while and in Jasmine seemingly extending a stylistic hand to Keith Jarrett, loose and fairly funky, if without the Back Roads feel of early Jarrett. There are hints of melancholy in Lonely Woman, appositely, whilst Choosing sports quite a loquacious drum solo from Marc Lťhan and if the title track somewhat flatters to deceive Ė to me itís somewhat vaporous - one canít fault the instrumental finesse on show. There are hints of Satie in the pensive lines of Augmented Tree where the percussion shimmer is welcome. A rare example of a standard is Donít Explain but itís played allusively, whereas the final track, Passion Theme, shows his penchant for dappled right hand runs and warm chording, underpinned all the while by Lťhanís drumming and Werner Lauscherís ever-dependable bass.

My Ideal has seven tracks, of which the title track is elegantly played without ever quite getting rid of the feeling that itís all a touch dull and lacking in variety. Maybe McCoy Tyner is an influence on something like The Epic where the musicís undulating virtuosity and shimmy percussion packs a punch. Out to Sea is a romantic reverie, full of rippling filigree whilst taking on A Whiter Shade of Pale was quite a challenge. He succeeds in de-Baching it and plays with quite allusive sidestepping. This is the less successful of the two discs but even so there are things to hear that will please.

Jonathan Woolf

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