Above the Clouds

by Richard Bennett

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a collection of meditative and trance piano compositions. Post-modern electronic sounds complete these mostly India and Indonesia-influenced pieces.

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releases November 4, 2018

Richard Bennett - piano, melodica, vibraphone & keyboards

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"hypnotic..That’s what makes it so interesting when those cascading Indian patterns known as ragas are played on a very Western instrument: the piano. Pianist Richard Bennett has been doing this for years, and to striking effect" John Schaefer, WNYC

"adds a jazzy harmonic dimension to Indian ragas' horizontally inclined structure. It often evokes the focused ferocity of the singers of Hindustani music, as on his latest solo album, Pure" Richard Gehr, Village Voice "The Ten Best Concerts in New York This Weekend"

"2015 is proving to be Richard Bennett’s breakout year. In the span of eight months, he has released what could very well be his most significant album – Pure a stirring album that explores five beautiful Indian ragas. His playing on this album is full of moments of lyricism, drama and decoration." Raul da Gama, World Music Report

"The music hangs together with a kind of brilliance. Surely this is one of the most successful endeavors in this realm I have heard in a long time." Gapplegate Music Review

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Richard Bennett Brooklyn, New York

"Pianist Richard Bennett has found a way to have instantly catchy tunes- riffs and ostinatos really- transcend jazz expectations while still focusing on improvisation." - Village Voice
"Richard Bennett, who is one of the most versatile and innovative pianists... his improvisations, are also exquisite and deep." - Music Mania
"Master Pianist" - Times of India
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