Jon Balke: Book of Velocities (ECM/Ode)

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Jon Balke: Book of Velocities (ECM/Ode)

From the school of "so spare it's barely there" comes this delightful, melodic and restful debut solo album by the Norwegian pianist Balke, here improvising through 19 short pieces (the longest short of five minutes, most between two and four minutes).

They are not miniatures as such, more like fully realised ideas that need be extended no further.

In places Balke -- who also plucks inside the piano discreetly -- seems to adopt the cadences of spoken language, which might be why these pieces are arranged in chapters under the generic title of the album.

Wha'evah, as Posh Spice says -- this is just real nice stuff which should have wide appeal among contemporary classical, jazz and Elsewhere listeners alike.

One to be enjoyed at great leisure.

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