Dan Tepfer

Goldberg Variations / Variations

"...Goldberg Variations/Variations (Sunnyside), is one of the more audacious, accomplished recordings of 2011. Rather than deconstruct or swing the repertoire, Tepfer treats the suite idiomatically, functioning alternately as a classical pianist - with a point of view that will make sense to Baroque aficionados - and as a virtuoso improviser saturated in the tropes and syntax of the jazz canon. In distinction to his live performances, he frames each invention precisely within form, duration and implied narrative of the "chapter" upon which it is based. Some cohere more effectively than others, but overall attitude is spontaneous and in-the-moment, denoting Tepfer's command of the raw materials and prolonged reflection upon the "Text". (...)." Ted Panken, Downbeat