a collection of meditative and trance piano compositions. Post-modern electronic sounds complete these mostly India and Indonesia-inspired pieces.
releases November 4, 2018
Richard Bennett - piano, melodica, vibraphone & keyboards
(Naren Budhkar - tabla & Paula Jeanine - percussion on "Never Known")
"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