Homegrown New York Pianist Kenny Werner has long been a major player on the world jazz scene. His long-term musical relationships with the likes of the legendary Toots Thielemans, saxophonist Joe Lovano, and the Mel Lewis Big Band, coupled with his recognition as composer and band leader has propelled him to the forefront of the music. Quincy Jones proclaimed him to be »360 degrees of soul and science in one human being«, and The New York Times marveled at »…a pianist who tempers fearsome technique with a questing spiritualism.«
Werner is also an acclaimed educator. Effortless Mastery, Kenny’s book dealing on creativity and his approach to playing, has influenced a generation of jazz players. Coming from a chapter in his book, Werner calls The Space »…the most important title I’ve ever had for my music.« It’s about »…being in the moment, content with what is.«
This solo album is the fourth Werner has recorded for PIROUET. PIROUET engineer-artistic director Jason Seizer had actually wanted to do a solo recording with Kenny, but Werner persuaded Jason to record his trio first. After two PIROUET trio albums and one beautiful duo album with the great Brazilian singer Joyce, it was time for The Space.