If after reading this you go and listen to the RICK CUTLER solo piano CD titled FIRST MELANCHOLY, THEN THE NIGHT STRETCH, pay special attention to the rhythm patterns he sets up in many of the tunes. Those rhythms are outside the realm of most pianists but they come naturally to Rick.
Why? Because Rick is not only a pianist and keyboardist who has played for years with artists as diverse as Liza Minnelli, Noel Pointer, Gregory Hines and Harry Connick Jr., Cutler also is a drummer who has played behind many big name acts on tour and in the studio. In fact, Cutler studied both percussion and piano at Juilliard. He has always been equally at home on both instruments. So it only makes sense that his sense of rhythm and percussive experimentation would come out in his original piano music.
In fact, his rhythmic qualities (timing and percussive attack) are what make this an extraordinary new piano recording worth paying attention to. Of course he mostly does it with his left hand but also occasionally with his right, or with both simultaneously. He often sets up the rhythm strongly before jumping off into improvisation which varies between rhythmic and melodic. A couple of highlights are “Charlotte’s Roads Before Her” and the classical-tip-of-the-hat “Debussy.” Check Cutler out at humanrick.com.