Erik Sondhy, Recorded at Abbey Road Studios, 2016
I got this CD a while back but with all things happening, it took me a while before I could finally put it in the CD player and have a listen. Presented by the Indonesian label IndoJazzia (you take a wild guess), what we have here is Balinese jazz pianist Erik Sondhy. And recorded live at the world famous Abbey Road studios.
There are 6 tracks and over 50 minutes of music on this, and the album opens with London Blues. In essence it is a fairly simple left hand boogie woogie, but what impresses me is what he does with his right hand. The rhythmic structures and melodies that go left, right and all over the place, just seem to dance effortlessly over the straight boogie. The man clearly has a distinct feel and is able to play free as a bird, while keeping the rhythm going.
Next song I Will is a whole different affair. Very moody, sometimes hushed, but very beautiful. Fitting is that it is written by Lennon and McCartney, although you will have a hard time making the connection. Song For My Mother follows, and has a bit more pace, but is as dramatic and enchanting.
Trust me when I say the other 3 are of the same calibre. Anyone into solo piano can buy this on sight!