Paris-born, New York-based, self-taught jazz pianist Jean-Michel Pilc is one of the foremost improvisers, composers and pianists in jazz today. Pilc served as Harry Belafonte’s musical director and pianist, and has worked with an eclectic mix of jazz greats including Roy Haynes, Kenny Garrett, Michael Brecker, the Mingus Big Band and Mingus Dynasty, John Abercrombie, Lenny White and many others. A resident of New York since 1995, Pilc first made his mark leading his acclaimed trio with bassist François Moutin and drummer Ari Hoenig (now regrouped under the band name Pilc Moutin Hoenig). In addition to numerous works for trio and big band, he also authored a Trio Sonata with support from Chamber Music America’s New Works Program and, most recently, “Modern Lights,” a composition reflecting Charlie Chaplin’s work, premiered at the Caramoor Jazz Festival in 2009. Some of Pilc’s best-known recordings over the past fifteen years include The Jean-Michel Pilc Trio:
Together – Live at Sweet Basil, Volumes 1 & 2 (2000); Live at Iridium (2005) and True Story (2010). Additionally, Pilc is the subject of John McCormick’s 2009 documentary film, “Jean-Michel Pilc – A Portrait.” Essential is his first recording for Motéma Music. In addition to solo projects, Pilc Moutin Hoenig Trio and composing, Pilc is also a NYU Steinhardt faculty member and teaches at The New School in NYC.
“A dazzlingly inventive pianist.” – –Nate Chinen, The New York Times
“Beyond all that can be said about his masterful technique and his beauty of touch, it is the unpredictability that is central to his remarkable talent.” – Harry Belafonte
“While truth is present in each of these musical stories, beauty and musical greatness are also a large part of the picture.” – All About Jazz, on Jean Michel Pilc’s previous album True Story.
“His densely harmonic reinventions of standards you thought you knew clearly shows a musical genius at work.”– Eric Brace, Washington Post
“Mr. Pilc seems to have dropped from the sky fully formed, with technique and his ideas in place. He is a physical and densely harmonic player, a splashy stunner who also has a Rubik’s-cube mind for chord substitutions.” – Ben Ratliff, The New York Times
“”Follow Me” stands a major summation of Pilc’s keyboard art, which has no counterparts. Pilc ranks among today’s titans of the instrument… there’s more to his art than the speed, precision and power of his 10 phenomenal fingers.”– Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune
Jean-Michel Pilc - piano
Francois Moutin - bass
Ari Hoenig - drums
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