Moment Set Apart
A jazz pianist and composer, Bob Hinz received his Bachelors degree in Music Theory from SUNY Stony Brook, his Masters in Music Education from the Eastman School of Music, and his Doctorate in Jazz Studies from New York University. He has recorded three albums as a leader: A Moment Set Apart, a collection of mostly original music for piano, an amalgam of new age, classical, folk and jazz, Flying Colors a melodic blend of smooth and contemporary jazz, and Instead of Words a collection of originals for jazz quintet and strings. His composition, 'Chemistry,' from the recording Flying Colors, was selected for the 1998 National Association of Recording Merchandisers jazz sampler compact disc. This compilation of jazz artists included Sonny Rollins and Tom Harrell, and appeared on the Billboard jazz chart in the summer of 1998. In October of 2000, Bob was featured in full length Sunday New York Times Article titled 'Jazzman Sets Tin Ears Ringing'. In June of 2001, he was a featured Guest on Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz, a National Public Radio Broadcast. As an author and educator, his best-selling books of jazz piano transcriptions, The Artistry of Bill Evans, Vol. 2, and The Artistry of George Shearing, are published by Warner Bros. Other books include Jazz Piano Quartal Voicing Workshop (an in-depth look at quartal voicing techniques for jazz pianists), and The Improviser's Guide to Melodic Embellishment (a two-volume collection of studies that immerse the jazz musician in vocabulary for improvising melodies and introduce the player to the concept of embellishment). These are published by Charles Colin, in New York. The Bud Powell Real Book (a collection of 44 Bud Powell compositions transcribed directly from Powell's recordings), is published by Hal Leonard. The Virtuoso Jazz Pianist, a forthcoming work, is a collection of exercises that orient the jazz pianist in techniques that necessary and appropriate for playing jazz piano. Bob's articles have been published in Clavier, Music Educators Journal, Jazz Educators Journal, Teaching Music, and Creative Keyboard, the online website published by Mel Bay. Although most of my work as a pianist and composer is spent in the realm of jazz-with a particular affinity for improvised music, the pieces in A Moment Set Apart contain very little improvisation. This project consists mostly of composed pieces that I've written over the years, although all of them were written or revised during the past year. It's difficult to categorize the style of this collection, although individually each piece may fall into a category like 'new age,' 'classical,' 'country,' or even 'jazz.' One characteristic that many of these pieces have in common, however, is an emphasis on melody. Many could be described as songs without lyrics. Three pieces in this collection were written by other composers. 'Letter From Home' and 'Mas Alla' were written by guitarist Pat Metheny ('Mas Alla' with vocalist Pedro Aznar). Although 'Letter From Home' was first recorded as an ensemble piece, according to Metheny it was originally conceived as a piano piece. 'Mas Alla' was originally recorded as a vocal/ensemble arrangement with Spanish lyrics by Aznar. 'My Song,' written by pianist Keith Jarrett, has the only extended improvised section on this recording. 'My Song' was transcribed from the album of the same title, which features Jarrett's European quartet. Jarrett also plays a solo piano version of the piece and has recorded it on the album The Carnegie Hall Concert.