Rich Pellegrin

Passage: Solo Improvisations II

Price: € 19.95
Format: CD
Label: OA2 Records
UPC: 0805552219920
Catnr: OA2 22199
Release date: 01 July 2022
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€ 19.95
OA2 Records
Catalogue number
OA2 22199
Release date
01 July 2022

About the album

Recorded at Whidbey Island's charming Langley Methodist Church, near Seattle, pianist Rich Pellegrin captures the spirit of place in these times, exploring the wide-open spaces of the mind and reconnecting with water, mountains and forest. Selected from the same vault of recordings as 2021's Solitude, Passage offers a moody, contemplative spirit as it follows an evocative narrative structure, taking the listener on a cinematic journey through their own imagination. The piano itself, a relic with its own idiosyncrasies and character, is another personality in the performance as its creaks and exhortations suggest paths for the performance to wander. Through these two volumes, an accomplished musical mind with far-reaching intentions offers the freedom to just "be."
Aufgenommen in der bezaubernden Langley Methodist Church auf Whidbey Island in der Nähe von Seattle, fängt der Pianist Rich Pellegrin den Geist des Ortes in diesen Zeiten ein, erkundet die weiten Räume des Geistes und verbindet sich wieder mit Wasser, Bergen und Wald. Ausgewählt aus denselben Aufnahmen wie Solitude von 2021, bietet Passage eine stimmungsvolle, kontemplative Stimmung, während es einer beschwörenden Erzählstruktur folgt und den Hörer auf eine filmische Reise durch seine eigene Vorstellungskraft mitnimmt. Das Klavier selbst, ein Relikt mit seinen Eigenheiten und seinem Charakter, ist eine weitere Persönlichkeit in der Aufführung, denn sein Knarren und seine Ermahnungen weisen der Aufführung den Weg, den sie gehen kann. Durch diese beiden Alben bietet ein vollendeter musikalischer Geist mit weitreichenden Absichten die Freiheit, einfach "zu sein".


Rich Pellegrin began playing piano at the age of five, but spent his teenage years preoccupied with drums and percussion. He pursued a diversity of musical endeavors before discovering the creative process of jazz and improvised music. His playing is noted for its intensity, conviction, directness of expression, and percussive yet sonorous tone quality.

As a jazz pianist, composer, and bandleader, he has released five albums on Origin Arts’ OA2 label. His 2019 record Down was reviewed in Downbeat Magazine, which described “moments of absolute bliss” and wrote, “Pellegrin does as the great pianists do, supplying encouragement and graceful touches in the background, before diving forward to take solos that are by turns florid and cracked, balletic and modern.” He is currently working on a multi-volume solo project.

As a jazz scholar, Pellegrin has written extensively on Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, Brad Mehldau, Robert Glasper, and Bill Evans. His research has been presented at conferences around the world and published in Jazz Perspectives, Engaging Students: Essays in Music Pedagogy, the Journal of Schenkerian Studies, and in volumes by Cambridge Scholars Publishing and KFU Publishing House. Pellegrin recently served as Guest Editor of a special issue of Jazz Perspectives devoted to John Coltrane.

Having taught previously at the University of Washington and the University of Missouri, Pellegrin is currently a faculty member in the University of Florida Department of Composition, Theory, and Technology, and is an affiliate faculty member of the Center for Arts, Migration, and Entrepreneurship. In 2014, he produced the Mizzou Improvisation Project, an interdisciplinary festival bringing together a wide range of performers, educators, scholars, improvisers, and composers. The festival included a collaborative recording session with Pellegrin’s Seattle-based band and the Mizzou New Music Ensemble, material from which was released on his third album, Down.



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