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Unbroken Line by Roberta Piket Quintet

Roberta Piket's debut release is both an absolute listening pleasure and a tribute to jazz past and present. Roberta describes her work by saying, "I think the best tribute you can make to the masters of the past is not try to imitate them, but to do something to push the music forward, to do something original, as they did." Roberta is a graduate of Tufts and the New England Conservatory with degrees in computer science and jazz piano. After graduation Roberta went to work for Digital Equipment as a computer engineer for one year.

However, Roberta influenced greatly by her late father, who was also a musician, followed her true love of music and went back home to New York to fulfill her dream. Roberta explains, "My dad died when I was eight, but even by then he had drilled it into me that I would be a musician. I was conscious of what a gamble a music career is, but it was in my blood, I thought I could play at night and do computers during the day, but artists need time to reflect and work on their art mentally and I soon realized I needed to practice and compose full time." And compose she did! Roberta received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and also placed 2nd in the 1993 Thelonious Monk-BMI Composers' Competition.

A veritable virtuoso not only as a pianist, but also as a composer and leader. Featuring five original compositions and some enduring classics with her own unique twist, her debut is quite impressive. Roberta's playing is unmatched in technical perfection and straightforward in her musical direction. On the title track Roberta composes an interesting tune that features an up tempo mini jam session but then slows it down with a soothing interlude that changes the feeling and when you think its going one way, she brings back the jam. On my favorite track, "Second Guess" she creates a heartfelt ballad that develops into a story that can only be told through music.

Roberta is on her way to the top with this sensational debut. We want to wish her the best of luck in her bright musical future!

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Roberta Piket Quintet
  • CD Title: Unbroken Line
  • Genre: Straight-Ahead / Classic
  • Year Released: 1997
  • Record Label: Criss Cross Records
  • Rating: Five Stars
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