Source: The Road to Sound. Thought we were done with best-of lists, but here’s one more that’s really good.
In my personal music library, 2021 was a fantastic year for piano. I found myself gravitating towards a variety of albums that made use of the instrument’s many capabilities—open lid extended techniques that glisten and shriek, stark simple melodies, reverberant, echoing tones that fill up a whole room. I’ve always enjoyed solo piano, but never as much as I did in 2021. There’s something enticing about hearing a piano shapeshift into something unexpected, breaking out of its typified boundaries and turning into something more special.