Kristjan Randalu, Ben Monder, Markku Ounaskari – Absence (2018) [FLAC 24bit/88,2kHz]

Kristjan Randalu, Ben Monder, Markku Ounaskari – Absence (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz  | Time – 48:06 minutes | 880 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Booklet, Front Cover | © ECM

For his debut on the ECM label, Estonian pianist Kristjan Randalu surrounded himself with American guitarist Ben Monder and Finnish drummer Markku Ounaskari. A combination suggested by Manfred Eicher, the producer of this album recorded at La Buissonne in the summer of 2017. Absence is first and foremost a beautiful introduction to the ample and rather lyrical style of play of the musician who says he’s been most influenced by his fellow countrymen and composers Erkki-Sven Tüür and Tõnu Kõrvits. A former student of John Taylor and Django Bates, Randalu studied classical music for a long time before turning his attention to jazz. A knowledge that transpires in his piano as well as his writing. His impressive technique and the narrative power of his improvisations give his musical universe a multitude of colours. A palette that Ben Monder – a very much-underrated guitarist – and Markku Ounaskari take hold of in unison.

1. Forecast 09:34
2. Lumi I 05:09
3. Sisu 04:53
4. Lumi II 03:24
5. Escapism 06:08
6. Adaption I 03:07
7. Adaption II 05:55
8. Partly Clouded 05:14
9. Absence 04:47

Kristjan Randalu, piano
Ben Monder, electric guitar
Markku Ounaskari, drums