new styles were displayed and speed records were broken for solo jazz piano by dave frank at the iridium on sunday.   after a great master class teaching about the playing of the late great dave mckenna dave frank began to display his own take on the solo jazz piano idiom.  clearly there is an influence of mckenna there and tristano and others but it is original.. it is something new.   this is how i venture to i describe it.  he starts out playing a walking bass line in the left hand in the area of quarter note = 300 after burning there for a while eventually his his right hand joins in playing a few quarter notes but quickly converting to blistering eighth note melodic lines with triplets mixed in that eventually even get to 16ths at that tempo. the left hand solo reminds me of the coltrane recording of "countdown" starting with just a drum intro at that "up" tempo  and then when dave starts with his right hand it is the same effect as coltrane coming in at that blistering speed on "countdown".
.... but dave is getting the same effect playing solo piano...  
truly amazing.    setting a new bar for us all... basically a new style and a new speed barrier for two handed improvisation.  
as i am sitting there my thought is that this has to be the definition of modern solo jazz piano and i am also definitely aware i am in new york city... i know i would not be hearing this any where else.   this is a new york city pianist setting a new standard.
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