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Jazz Pianist/Composer Claire Ritter Unveils a Wealth of Outstanding New Compositions on "Soho Solo"!
(Published: April 19, 2015)

Pianist/Composer Claire Ritter unveils a wealth of outstanding new compositions on her new solo piano recording, "Soho Solo". Ritter's 11th CD recording to be released May 26th, 2015 on Zoning Recordings. "Every new idea coming at you quickly, every tight, engaging melody buffed up like a little jewel" - Dan McClenaghan, AllAboutJazz. "Applying splashes of color, dabs of contrast and subtly adjusting tempo and dynamics to create masterful soundscapes" - Nancy Ann Lee, JazzTimes.

Soho Solo, the second solo piano recording from the lauded keyboardist, composer and educator Claire Ritter confirms her status as a world-class instrumentalist and a songwriter of scope and ambition. Offering an eclectic mix of styles and moods, from Latin-tinged gambols and stride piano romps to impressionistic ruminations and abstract explorations, Soho Solo is an encompassing reflection of Ritter's wide-ranging musical passions.

A sixteen-year veteran of The New England Conservatory of Music where she studied with MacArthur "genius" Ran Blake and taught Contemporary Songwriting in the Contemporary Improvisation department, Ritter remains an avid practitioner of the school's Third Stream Music sensibility, enthusiastically mingling all manner of influences - from classical to folk - with jazz forms.

All but two of the album's twenty compact tracks are Ritter originals, with eleven making their recorded debut. The newly recorded compositions, for a 2014 Arts and Science Council Artist Grant (her fourth), include tunes that construct a musical portrait of Ritter's current life in North Carolina.

As is the case with one of Ritter's great inspirations, and NC born jazz composers, Thelonious Monk, it's difficult to separate the composer from the pianist, so integrated is Ritter's musical vision. And like Monk, Ritter is unafraid to make use of traditional pianistic techniques that retain their expressive power. As critic Owen Cordel notes, Ritter "employs a stride piano rhythm, reminding you of Monk, Art Hodes, Dave Brubeck and earlier practitioners. Her playing is direct, succinct, and skillful in its use of rests. No run-on sentences and superfluous embellishments."

A prolific composer and active performer (over 200 compositions published and recorded), Ritter studied with the legendary Mary Lou Williams at Duke University . During her tenure at The New England Conservatory, she performed with and/or recorded with such notables as Steve Swallow, Dave Holland, Dominique Eade, and Ricky Ford.

For more info, contact Braithwaite & Katz Communications: Ann Braithwaite - 781-259-9600
or Ann@bkmusicpr.com

More Information: http://www.claireritter.com

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