The lesser-known gem, Quiet Now, by Denny Zeitlin, is the title track of this collection, also featuring music of Bill Evans and Duke Ellington and performed by pianist Jed Distler.
“Jed Distler is a witty, genial and adventurous pianist and composer”
— New York Times
“Quiet Now brings together a selection of my Steinway Spirio recordings of ballads from the jazz and popular song canon. In these performances, I try to project and sing out melodies in a way that showcases a Steinway piano’s singular qualities, while aiming to communicate simplicity, calm and beauty. We need simplicity, calm and beauty in these troubled times, and I hope that my performances will provide both pleasure and comfort.”
— Jed distler
“Jed Distler is not only a critic who writes beautifully about music; he plays the piano beautifully, as well. Distler's playing is pensive and mellow, but not at all wishy-washy or meandering.”
— John Marks, Positive Feedback
Quiet Now - Steinway Ballads / Jed Distler • STNS 30194
Release Date: 11/5/2021
Recorded 2014 – 2016 at Steinway Hall, New York City.
Producer: Jon Feidner
Engineer: Lauren Sclafani
Assistant Engineer: Melody Nieun Hwang
Production Assistant: Renée Oakford
Mixing and Mastering: Daniel Shores
Executive Producers: Eric Feidner, Jon Feidner
Art Direction: Jackie Fugere
Piano Technician: Lauren Sclafani
Piano: Steinway Model D #610511 (Hamburg)
About the Artist
Called “an altogether extraordinary pianist” by Michael Redmond in the Newark Star Ledger, “the Downtown Keyboard Magus” in the New Yorker, and “a witty, genial and adventurous pianist and composer” in the New York Times, Jed Distler has premiered works by Frederic Rzewski, Lois V Vierk, Wendy Mae Chambers, Simeon ten Holt, Richard Rodney Bennett, Alvin Curran, William Schimmel, Virgil Thomson, Andrew Thomas and Virko Baley, among many others. As a recitalist, Distler has given new music programs across the United States and Europe from Italian festivals in Ravello, Sorrento and Erculano to New York’s Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall.
In the 1980s Distler worked closely with dance legend Jacques D’Amboise and, more recently, played Beethoven with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and has performed with singers as diverse as Phyllis Bryn-Julson and KT Sullivan.
In 2012 Distler launched a solo piano project encompassing jazz icon Thelonious Monk’s complete songs in a single concert, and has performed it in New York, Las Vegas, Berkeley, Italy and Germany. Jed conceived and programmed 100 Portraits for Virgil, the first complete performance of all the Virgil Thomson piano portraits in a day long, multi-media festival featuring thirty six performers, co-produced by the New School and Composers Collaborative, the latter for whom he serves as artistic director. He led the New York premier of Simeon ten Holt’s minimalist manifesto Canto Ostinato with four pianos outdoors on Cornelia Street, where he also directed 150 performers for Terry Riley’s “In C” for the first annual Make Music New York festival in 2007.
Distler’s CD, Meditate with the Masters, released by Musical Concepts in 2011, contains soothing, relaxing original piano pieces based on familiar classical themes. Canadian journalist Cendrine Marrouat wrote “Distler plays with such grace and lightness that the beautiful emotions he delivers speak directly to the senses, and ultimately to our inner child.” Distler’s keyboard prowess also graces numerous other CDs on the CRI, New World, Spectra, Fin Alley Arts, Strange Music, Laserlight and Coney Island labels. His all-Thelonious Monk solo piano CD was released in 2019 on TNC Recordings. Jed is a Steinway Artist.
About Steinway & Sons label
The STEINWAY & SONS music label produces exceptional albums of solo piano music across all genres. The label — a division of STEINWAY & SONS, maker of the world’s finest pianos — is a perfect vessel for producing the finest quality recordings by some of the most talented pianists in the world.