It is a journey that the pianist invites the listener to embark on," writes Alain drouot, jazz journalist from chicago. revealing a panorama of uncharted territories, the opener “yume” suggests that it will be well worth the trip.
Swiss pianist Stefan Aeby’s first solo piano recording is the product of three and half years of incubation and shows an understanding of what can be accomplished when taking advantage of a studio setting. whether composed or improvised, the pieces all have a common denominator. All sounds come from the acoustic piano, but they can be distorted or modified through preparation, inserting all kinds of materials inside the instrument, and/or some processing via various electronic devices. this brings out one of Aeby’s main traits: his attention to detail.
If making a distinctive statement and being forward-looking are at the forefront of Aeby’s concerns, he does not forget the tradition as witnessed by his thoughtful re-harmonization of erroll garner’s “Misty” that he complements with unobtrusive electronic flourishes.
released September 20, 2019
Stefan Aeby: Piano
All compositions by Stefan Aeby except “Misty” by erroll
garner. recorded September 2018, at Progr U62 by
André Pousaz and Stefan Aeby. Mixed february 2019 at
Pousaz Sound lab by André Pousaz and Stefan Aeby.
Mastered March 2019 at Pousaz Sound lab by
André Pousaz. cover photo: le_steffou. graphic design:
Jonas Schoder. liner notes: Alain drouot.
Photos: Tom Lee (live) and Kohei Yamaguchi.