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Freehand

by Harry Appelman

Minimalist/post-bebop pianist leads two different ensembles in highly interactive readings of standards and interpretations of his original music.
Genre: Jazz: Piano Jazz
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1. Coming on the Hudson
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2. Korce
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3. Blue Shree
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4. Lady Day
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5. Allemande
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6. Abstraction
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7. Freehand
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8. Upper Manhattan Medical Group
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9. Time on My Hands
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10. Your Idea of a Joke
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11. Nice Work If You Can Get It
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12. Oyfn Pripetshik
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Harry Appelman - Piano
Ben Street - Bass; Tony Martucci - Drums (1, 2, 6, 7, 9, 10)
Jeff Reed - Bass; Eric Kennedy - Drums (3, 5, 8, 11)
Russell Kirk - Alto Saxophone (3, 5, 8)
Humayun Khan - Vocals and Harmonium (3)

This CD is the product of several recording sessions between Feb. 2015 and Jan. 2016. A few notes about the selections: Coming on the Hudson is one of Thelonious Monk's less played works. I like the rhythms and the unique, asymmetrical form. Korce draws its name and inspiration from the remote feel of a town in Albania I visited during a 2007 US State Department tour. Blue Shree features Afghan vocalist Humayun Khan improvising on my composition based on the Indian raga, "Shree." Shree uses an interesting 7-note scale with a decidedly "non-Western" sound (with two groupings of 3 notes in half-steps, if you must know!). Lady Day is Wayne Shorter's haunting composition from his 1965 LP, "The Soothsayer". Allemande is based on a harmonic sequence from one of J.S. Bach's French Suites, played in a triple-meter rhythm akin to the Venezuelan Joropo. Abstraction...just a blues in Bb! With very limited rehearsal time, Ben, Tony and I embraced the idea of process over product -- particularly on Freehand and Your Idea of a Joke, both springboards for free improvisation. UMMG, Time on My Hands, and Nice Work if You Can Get It are my takes on some great standards. And finally, Oyfn Pripetshik is a Yiddish song that was popular in Jewish Eastern and Central Europe in the late 19th century.

Recorded in February and November 2015 and January 2016 at Blue House Studio in Silver Spring, MD by Jeff Gruber
Cover art by Tom Block
Graphic design by Lex O'Brien

From reviews of previous releases:

"Appelman plays piano with an economical, supple grace and beautifully developed ideas. ... Appelman’s incisive lines yield the kind of heat that is generated from strong ideas rather than the vacuity that results from blind virtuosity. " -- David Kane, Cadence Magazine

"It's a rare pleasure to hear such an outstanding debut recording -- full of first-class ideas, quiet virtuosity and subtle surprises. Bravo!" -- Fred Hersch

"the debut of a strong jazz pianist.... shows firm command of the contemporary piano idiom." -- David DuPont, Cadence magazine.

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