Bob Albanese (piano)

While jazz may be difficult to define, improvisation is clearly one of its key elements. And you will get plenty of it by listening to Bob?s playing. As he states himself: ?The most consistent aspect of my approach to music is improvisation. I mostly enjoy, sitting down and stirring the canon as it comes to me in the moment?. He likes to explore aspects of Latin, albeit Afro Cuban, Brazilian, Cumbia etc. and world music influences as well as classical influences such as Chopin, Debussy, Ravel, Bartok and Stravinsky.
In short the thing he does is improvisation, based in the Jazz tradition.
Listen to his music in the player on the right sidebar. Enjoy!
Michael Abene?Grammy winning Composer, Arranger, Producer and currently the Musical Director (Chefdirigent) of the WDR Big Band of Cologne, Germany on the 15th Nov. 2008: ?Bob is a wonderfully creative pianist and his CD -One Way/Detour- proves it. He not only has a firm grasp on standards, his compositions are most interesting and he is someone who is not a traditionalist but knows the tradition which is a compliment I do not use very often. Bob was a Composition student of mine at Manhattan School of Music and is also a very creative orchestrator and arranger. More people should know about Bob Albanese.?
Ira Gitler, American jazz historian and journalist in Jazz Improv Magazine, November 2008 about Bob Albanese: ?Albanese is not necessarily a newcomer. He has been Ben Vereen?s musical director. But he is not that widely known as the talented jazz pianist that he is – something which people will soon be hearing, and hearing more about.?
The legendary pianist and composer, Clare Fischer, after hearing a solo performance Bob gave in Los Angeles in 2006, ?I thoroughly enjoyed Bob?s originality, harmonic and rhythmic depth and fluency of ideas?.
Due to Bob?s excellent improvisational skills he feels at home in almost any setting. His performances reach from playing private events on your own piano in your living room via corporate events to large music halls with his big band. Not to forget he is very passionate about the piano trio, playing with his own trio or being called by other top-notch musicians.
Albanese, a perpetual student, was granted a scholarship in 2002 to complete a B.M. and M.M. at the prestigious Manhattan School of Music in Jazz Composition. He met the challenge head on and while under the M.S.M. umbrella composed a number of new works including a Jazz Philharmonic piece entitled ?Samba Esperan