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ARTIST
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Colour Talk
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CD

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SDBANU 013CD SDBANU 013CD
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RELEASE DATE
2/21/2020

Bram De Looze is a Belgian pianist and composer whose distinct musical vision has found its way through both solo projects and collaborations. His unique technical skill and musical maturity have earned him considerable critical acclaim back home -- from traditional classical piano music, to solo improvisations that have often been compared to Keith Jarrett and Jason Moran. Sdban Ultra release his highly anticipated new solo album, Colour Talk. De Looze made his entrance onto the national jazz scene with LABtrio, formed in 2007 with Anneleen Boehme and Lander Gyselinck, and he immediately impressed, flirting with urban jazz, electronics, and hip hop. After a period of studying abroad at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York, where he studied with Uri Caine and Marc Copland, in 2014, De Looze launched the international septet, Septych, that once again stressed his affinity for jazz, classical music, and improvisation. Over the past few years, De Looze could frequently be heard with kindred spirits like Stéphane Galland, Dre Hocevar, and Antoine Pierre but it was a visit to the historical collection of pianofortes of Chris Maene that inspired De Looze to release his first solo album, Piano é Forte (2017). He would garner further acclaim working alongside fellow Belgian Robin Verheyen and American rhythm painter Joey Baron with whom he recorded MixMonk (2019), a tribute to the legendary jazz pianist Thelonious Monk. The switch to the Chris Maene Straight Strung Grand Piano for Switch The Stream (2018) indicated a renewed search for movement, evolution, and introspection. His latest solo project Colour Talk, continues this trajectory with another revolutionary piano model, designed by lauded architect Rafael Viñoly, and a continued attempt to renew from within. On Colour Talk, what you hear is a musician who has freed himself from stylistic constraints and limitations. While still rooted in jazz, classical music, and free improvisation he has found a new balance, a coexistence that enables the pianist to express himself with a new vigor. Colour Talk is an ode to (re)invention in the grey zone were the classical idiom and improvisatory urges meet, with the 13-minute tour-de-force of "Hypnosis" as one of several undisputed highlights.