IIRO RAN­TALA

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The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - COR­MAC LARKIN

Fin­nish pi­anist Iiro Ran­tala is the sort of mu­si­cian who snorts de­ri­sively in the face of genre dis­tinc­tions, and the ti­tle of this lively mu­si­cal au­to­bi­og­ra­phy should not nec­es­sar­ily be taken as ev­i­dence of al­le­giance to any par­tic­u­lar style of mu­sic. Baroque and be­bop, stride pi­ano and Scan­di­na­vian cool are all part of the story here, as Ran­tala and a group (which in­cludes drum­mer Morten Lund, bassist Lars Daniels­son and ris­ing Pol­ish vi­o­lin­ist Adam Baldych) veer from Bach to Gersh­win to Monk, framed by a se­ries of what the pi­anist calls “Gold­berg im­pro­vi­sa­tions”. Through it all, Ran­tala wears his prodi­gious tech­nique lightly, re­call­ing pi­anists like Art Ta­tum and Er­roll Gar­ner, not so much in his eclec­tic style but in the sheer ex­cite­ment of hear­ing a pair of hands danc­ing on the key­board. iiro­ran­tala.fi

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