End of the Year Honors for ‘Tied’
critical acclaim continues
All That Is Tied, Ran’s album of solo piano released last spring on Tompkins Square Records, received numerous end of the year honors, earning a rave review in the Penguin Guide to Jazz Records and appearing on many critics’ Best of 2006 lists.
The newly published 8th edition of the Penguin Guide, edited by Richard Cook and Brian Morton, awards the album a crown, which denotes records the editors “feel a special admiration or affection for.” The album also gets four stars, the highest rating.
“It is a quiet masterpiece, marked by the same almost mystical approach to harmony and melody that has marked recent projects,” the book’s review says. “A magnificient record from a neglected master.”
In addition, the editors include The Short Life of Barbara Monk, from 1986, as an album that belongs in the core collection of every jazz fan. Only about 200 albums received this honor. All told, a dozen of Ran’s albums receive three or four stars.
The 1,500-page Penguin Guide, which reviews 14,000 CDs, is available at bookstores and from Amazon.
Other publications honoring All That Is Tied:
—Downbeat, included in “Best of 2006″ list
—Village Voice, included in John Szwed’s “Top 10 of 2006″ list
—Wire Magazine, included in “50 Records of the Year” list
—Metro Times (of Detroit), #2 on W. Kim Heron’s “Top 10 of 2006″ list
—Cadence Magazine, #4 in Reader’s Poll of “Best New Issues of 2006″ and included in four critics’ Best of 2006 lists
—Jazz Review, #8 on “CDs of the Year” list and included in three critics’ Top Ten lists