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12 October 2021
Venezuelan Edward Simon releases first solo piano album

Venezuelan pianist Edward Simon follows up his 25 Years anthology with a solo album recorded on his fiftieth birthday in 2019.

 

Released on October 15, Solo Live is Simon’s first unaccompanied recording and only his second concert album in a career that began when he moved to Manhattan aged nineteen in 1988 after studying classical music at the Philadelphia Performing Arts School in Pennsylvania.

 

He worked with saxophonists Bobby Watson and Greg Osby and trumpeter Terence Blanchard before leading his own bands including the ten-piece Ensemble Venezuela.

 

Solo Live was recorded at Oakland’s Piedmont Piano Company and features pieces by Gershwin, Strayhorn and Monk as well as original compositions. It's released on Ridgeway Records.

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