PIANO IMPROVISATIONS

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Two Duos


What's Next (Jazzheads - 2012)

What's Next? is an all-around success - All Music Guide, Ken Dryden read my review

Klein’s note selection and soloing is a combination of Bill Evans and Ahmad Jamal. He plays nice full chords underneath thoughtful single lines that flow effectively through the changes - Guitar International, Vince Lewis read my review

Each tune is perfectly placed in the order of the presentation to guarantee a solid contrast throughout. The melodies are all extremely well crafted and interesting. Klein’s chord progressions offer a modern approach while maintaining enough of the traditional thought processes to be logical and pleasing to the most hard line old school listener - Guitar International, Vince Lewis read my review

Skolnick absorbs the subtlety of the pianist's music and proves himself to be a good listener, complementing Klein's work with thoughtful solos and accompaniment, beginning with the infectious opener "Exalted Kingdom," which is reminiscent of the kind of duets Chick Corea often plays with vibraphonist Gary Burton - All Music Guide, Ken Dryden read my review

The soft, understated samba setting of "No" is full of inspired moments... - All Music Guide, Ken Dryden read my review

Koslov's sublime playing being the perfect match for Klein's whimsical piano - All Music Guide, Ken Dryden read my review

...the pianist and bassist deftly engage one another in a delightful musical conversation - All Music Guide, Ken Dryden read my review

...the result is one of the most lyrical, melodic yet incisively swinging releases to come out in many moons - JazzWeekly.com, George W. Harris read my review

Klein’s got a flowing touch with an inherent sense of pulse, flow and timing, making these tunes come off like intriguing conversations between longtime friends. Skolnick’s warm guitar embraces sonatas like “Exalted Kingdom” and the luxurious “In The Twilight Hours” with delicacy while he can also give it all he’s got, yet without shouting, on the fun loving ”No” - JazzWeekly.com, George W. Harris read my review

Jazz duo albums can sometimes be a hit and miss affair yet one that completely hits the bullseye is What’s Next? by jazz pianist Randy Klein - MWE3.com read my review

Guitar fans will note Skolnick’s tasteful fretboard work on What’s Next? and indeed Skolnick’s deft touch sounds quite well suited to Klein’s jazzy piano - MWE3.com read my review

What’s Next? is engaging from start to finish. Klein’s tunes grab you and won’t let go. The bottom line: when Klein and his two collaborators use their considerable skills on his excellent tunes the results are magical - Rochester City Newspaper, Ron Netsky, November 2012 read my review

What’s Next? Klein’s Two Duos dates are about one-plus-one rapport and intimacy, and both albums deserves high marks. Clarity is ever-present throughout - All About Jazz, Dan Bilawsky, October 2012 read my review

Two Duos: What’s Next? – Randy Klein is a preternaturally gifted composer - Buffalo News, Jeff Simon, November 2012 read my review

Forget the gimmicks, Klein is a solid piano man and this format showcases a nice slice of brilliance on a budget - Midwest Record, Chris Spector, October 2012 read my review

The soundstage is open drawing listeners into Klein’s space and keeping them there with a smile - O’s Place Jazz Magazine, Dr. Oscar Groomes, November 2012 read my review

Sunday Morning (Jazzheads - 2010)

Klein's performance is first-rate throughout Sunday Morning's twelve musical musings - All About Jazz, Dan Bilawsky read my review

Sunday Morning is a higher level of intuitiveness, that underscores the sterling musicianship evidenced throughout. It’s largely about melody making, consisting of jazzy lines, interspersed with cunning exchanges from the soloists - Jazzreview.com, Glenn Astarita read my review


Randy Klein, is an important person in the world of American Jazz - Hungarian Instrument Page, Rudolf Radnai

The music is the artist's deep introspection reflected on the surface of a serene pond. The music presented is effective storytelling full of worthwhile tangents. It is presented with depth and meaning - Jazz.com. Walter Kolosky

Here is music so soft, so serene, so caressing, with a feel almost like you’re floating down in slow motion to descend upon a huge heap of feathers. That’s the image Randy Klein wants you to conjure up in his latest album The Flowing and he nails it. Plain and simple, he nails it. You could well end up greatly thanking Klein for this quality time and his quality production - Jazzreview.com, Ronald Jackson

The music seems to blossom as the song[s] continue and the overall mood isn’t cheery or joyous, but one of hope. The pieces are more about textural changes and melodic development. The Flowing has a general glow and peacefulness that is attractive and soothing. The pieces truly flow through Klein’s fingers and the title is brought to life from the start through the final minutes of the album - Jazz Improv NY, Dan Bilawsky

A well-thought-out and most listenable collection of original solo piano improvisations. They are basically in the New Age bag but with more variety and depth than most recordings of that genre. There’s even a bit of a jazz feel in some of the dozen tracks, and the piano sound is very natural - Audiophile Audition, John Henry

This is one of the more pleasantly listenable specimens I've heard in quite a while - Jazz Consumer Guide, Tom Hull

Remarkably soothing, perfect for a massage therapist’s practice room or a quiet happy hour at home after a brutal day at work. What’s more, the structure of the compositions and the quality of the playing will stand up to more critical listening - Alibi.com, Mel Minter

Randy Klein/The Flowing: Solo piano fans can count on getting a kick out of this improviser that has a real feel for being in the moments. Recorded in one session with the tape just getting one pass, he makes the most of the hot second - Midwest Record, Chris Spector

The serenading feel of "The Calm" or "Clean and Beautiful" have a lyrical and romantic beauty, as do all of the pieces. Klein's touch is assured and warm-each piece strolls without wandering. Similar to Keith Jarrett's solo readings - Jazzweekly.com, George W. Harris

While some listeners might be tempted to classify Randy Klein's playing as being new age (as some labeled Keith Jarrett's solo improvisations), his inventiveness and lyricism put him in the jazz camp, though he doesn't easily fit into any particular style - Allmusic.com, Ken Dryden