CHICAGO—November 22, 2016—Composer-pianist-author Peter Saltzman's Blues, Preludes & Feuds, a unique amalgam of solo piano and story, continues to garner superb reviews. The work, available in multiple formats (iOS App, Web App, CD, streaming) combines Saltzman solo piano improvisations and compositions with a memoir that is written in a creative non fiction style.
Here are some highlights from recent reviews:
“Easily one of the very best piano releases of the last 30 years"
”This DEFINITELY is going in my Year’s Best of 2016, easily one of the very best piano releases of the last 30 years, interestingly responding to all levels of listening, from the lightest and most easily titillated all the way up to the attentions of master craftsmen long versed in layers and layers of subtlety and outrageous invention. Mark S. Tucker, VERITAS VAMPIRUS #1,252: CD Reviews (read complete review)
“Just plain genius”
Blues, Preludes & Feuds is a brilliant amalgamation of classical, folk, stride, bebop, gospel, boogie-woogie, free jazz, offering beautiful melodies and just plain genius flowing from one man sitting at the piano. The project is intriguing and a gem in the solo piano linage. Geannine Reid, All About Jazz
“In Saltzman’s hands, it can also sound like a symphony.”
Blues, Preludes & Feuds: A Musical Memory Parts 1-4 (Salt Muse, Inc.) by Peter Saltzman is a solo piano CD of many hues. The 28 tracks in 59:28 bespeak a quiet elegance (yet he can light up a fire at even a hint of ostinato). Dude can play the blues. He goes from Bach to improvisation at the drop of a G-clef. Billy Joel once wrote that “the piano it sounds like a carnival.” In Saltzman’s hands, it can also sound likea symphony. Mike Greenblatt, The Aquarian (November 16, 2016)
“Refreshingly Unique”“We need to enter his realm, give a listen and step into a new (and very personal) dimension. Give it a try – the man is a terrific pianist and the ideas are refreshingly unique.” *****Five Stars.Grady Harp, amazon.com Hall of Fame Top 100 Reviewer
A protean Chicagoan…this is a wild man just waiting for you to fully discover what he can do with a piano that defied genre busting and mash ups. This is certainly a cat you want to know. Well done.” —Chris Spector Midwest Record
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