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PIANO MASTER MULGREW MILLER, SOLO IN BARCELONA (Storyville Records)

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MULGREW MILLER was, one of the most important pianists of modern jazz, proudly delivers his brand-new album SOLO IN BARCELONA via Storyville Records.
The occasion of a present-day release of a solo recording by this remarkable musician is rare and extraordinary. The album, recorded on February 2, 2004, in Barcelona, is a rare gem for the admirers of a man and piano player loved by many fans and the global jazz community. Miller’s unique take on arrangements from Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, Cole Porter, Miles Davis, and Duke Ellington demonstrates why he is considered a modern legend.
Miller’s piano embarks on an extraordinary musical journey on this solo album. He effortlessly paints a vivid tapestry of emotions with each note, traversing a rich musical landscape that spans genres and styles characterized by versatility, proficient soloing, and tasteful restraint. He plays like a modern-day exponent of Art Tatum with the deepest musical roots but with the freshest, most forward-thinking, profoundly original voice uniquely his own.
Solo in Barcelona shows how he can tell a story and swing like very few others. The highlight is his ‘Excursions in Blue,’ playing the blues like it should be done – at the moment! Solo in Barcelona is a beautiful documentation of Mulgrew Miller playing solo material that has not been recorded before. Miller was one of the most influential jazz pianists of his generation. Renowned for his technical mastery, improvisational genius, and deep musicality, Mulgrew Miller worked with Miles Davis, Betty Carter, Woody Shaw, Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, and his trio. His big audience still misses him.
Mulgrew Miller (1955-2013) was a world-renowned jazz pianist and composer. His illustrious career spanned over four decades, during which he performed with legendary jazz artists and received critical acclaim for his exceptional musicianship. His unique approach to the piano and his profound contributions to jazz have solidified his place as one of the greatest pianists in the genre’s history.
With this exceptional solo album, Miller invites listeners on a personal and intimate musical journey as he displays his extraordinary command of the piano. His nuanced phrasing, exquisite dynamics, and deep understanding of harmony create an enchanting listening experience.
ALBUM INFO
Artist: Mulgrew Miller
Title: Solo in Barcelona
Cat. #: 1018537
Label: Storyville Records
Barcode: 717101853724
RELEASE DATE: August 18, 2023
TRACKS
1. Tour de Force
2. I Love You
3. Introduction
4. O Grande Amor
5. It Never Entered My Mind
6. Milestones
7. Introduction
8. Excursions in Blue
9. Misty
10. Woody’n You
11. Squeeze Me (But Please Don’t Tease Me)
CREDITS
Produced by: Jordi Suñol & Christian Brorsen
Mastering: Mik Neumann
Photos: Jean-François Laberine & Jan Persson
Cover design: Finn Nygaard
Liner notes: Benny Green
Recording: Jordi Suñol, Fabià Puigserver room, Teatre Lliure, Barcelona, February 2, 2004
Issued by arrangement with the Estate of Mulgrew Miller
Info: www.storyvillerecords.com 
Tomas Peña
A graduate of Empire State College with a dual major in journalism and Latin American studies, Editor-in-Chief Tomas Peña has spent years applying his knowledge and writing skills to the promotion of great musicians. A specialist in the crossroads between jazz and Latin music, Peña has written extensively on the subject. His writing appears on Latin Jazz Network; Chamber Music America magazine and numerous other publications.

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