Today I am featuring jazz pianist Roberta Piket. She was not known to me until recently, but I'm happy I found her.
Grounded in both the jazz tradition and the works of the contemporary classical composers she admires, New York-based pianist/composer Roberta Piket combines an infectious swing with an adventurous harmonic sense that honors the jazz tradition while pushing it forward. Her playing, characterized by both a strong sense of direction and a striving for new territory, is at times melodic and pensive, at other times angular and dissonant. Roberta’s musical point of view is sophisticated and mature, yet always accessible to the sensitive listener. Passionate and heartfelt, this is music that touches the audience without coddling it.
Her most recent album is called Solo, on which she plays unaccompanied as the name implies. We have the entire album below, taken from her website, and two videos of Piket playing tunes from that album. In the first she plays the tune Estate, and in the second she plays Improvisation Blue.