Estonian pianist Kristjan Randalu makes his ECM debut with a striking album of his own rigorous-yet-lyrical music, sensitively played by a trio formed especially for this recording, with US guitarist Ben Monder and Finnish drummer Markku Ounaskari.
As an improviser of prodigious technique, once described by Herbie Hancock as "a dazzling piano player", Randalu's affinities are with the jazz musicians, but the forms and dynamics of his pieces also reflect a discerning sense of structure, and he has cited Estonian composers Erkki-Sven Tüür and Tõnu Kõrvits - both with albums of their music on ECM New Series - amongst his mentors.
'Absence' was recorded at Studios La Buissonne in the south of France in July 2017 and produced by Manfred Eicher.
Personnel: Kristjan Randalu (piano), Ben Monder (electric guitar), Markku Ounaskari (drums)
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