Get Khatia Buniatishvili behind a piano and a change occurs. Maybe, not so much a change as opposed to a possession occurs. Sitting at the piano and those keys staring back at her, the soul of everyone who came before her conjures themselves and channel the emotions of the moment. The feeling and the intensity you can witness in Ms. Buniatishvili's face. It is sensual, alarming, hallowing. And Khatia, the Georgian goddess and her blazing piano make you feel every moment. They conjure up the colors of emotion and life.
As the follow-up to singer Cyrille Aimee's promising 2013 Mack Avenue Records It's 'A Good Day' debut, 'Let's Get Lost' should catapult this intriguing woman into the upper echelons. At 31, she stands on the brink of stardom. Beautiful, talented, precocious, funny, cultured, with the kind of instantly-recognizable voice that has no known precedent, she goes from Sondheim and Piaf to jazz legend Oscar Pettiford ("Laverne Walk") and Dominican superstar Juan Luis Guerra. Her band is also unique, boasting an Australian bass/drums rhythm section and two guitarists, one doused in Gypsy Jazz, the other an electric lead.
With the release of 'RandyPop!' on Piloo Records, Randy Brecker, age 70, has come full circle. Back in the day, prior to and during an age when he and his Brecker Brother Michael [1949-2007] racked up hit albums on their own, Brecker was the go-to studio guy for, well, everyone. So now, as arranged by Kenny Werner, the famed trumpeter looks back by tackling some of those same songs, only this time with an impressive line-up of drummer Nate Smith, bassist John Patitucci, guitarist Adam Rogers, daughter Amanda Brecker on vocals, saxophonist David Sanchez filling the role his late brother played and arranger Werner chipping in on piano and keyboards.