Archive for January 2009

Tal Wilkenfeld, Bad-ass Bassist

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Tal Wilkenfeld

The good – Talent 2nd to none

The bad – Solo album marred by distortion



I first saw and heard Tal Wilkenfeld playing bass in Jeff Beck’s band on the “Crossroads: Eric Clapton Guitar Festival 2007” DVD. What an amazing talent! She looked like a tiny, cute teenager, nearly dwarfed by her bass guitar. But there was nothing tiny or cute about the music coming from her hands, through her instrument, which was BIG, BAD, and BEAUTIFUL.

Much to my surprise, on Christmas day, Nancy (my significant other) gave me Wilkenfeld’s solo CD, “Transformation.” The album features Tal with her jazz fusion band. The music is enjoyable, with good musicianship all around. I really enjoy jazz fusion music, so I was pleased with this CD.

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Discovering Ingrid Fliter, Pianist Supreme

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Ingrid Fliter

The good – A deserving artist gets her due

The bad – Wish I had discovered her sooner

The ugly – Absolutely NOTHING


I first learned about classical pianist Ingrid Fliter (pronounced FLEET-er) a couple of months ago, in the November 2008 issue of Keyboard Magazine. Classical solo piano has become my favorite music genre to listen to over the past 10 years. So I was intrigued when Keyboard Magazine proclaimed Fliter as classical music’s “newest rising star.”

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