Herbie Hancock

"Kristjan is a dazzling piano player"


"The Estonian pianist Kristjan Randalu establishes himself as part of an elite group of specifically European jazz musicians. Randalu is at once a tightrope walker and a precision mechanic, an equilibrist and a thimblerigger, but also a committed swinger who can bite into ostinato figures. His ability to play dissonances against the established harmony is wonderfully bold. He cuts through strings of harmonic beads, and makes his notes suddenly cavort with a new set of rules." 

"Randalu brings a bright Chick Corea touch" 

"If it is the ultimate compliment to suggest an improvising pianist is playing in a Keith Jarrett manner, then Kristjan Randalu can begin celebrating."

"At once timeless and casually spectacular, demanding and entertaining on the highest level."

"The visceral excitement and engrossing interplay captured on this duet CD argue for a place in the top rank of jazz innovators. (...) Standards are playfully warped and refracted, while folksongs are carried off to some un-nameable, exotic land. It’s a thrilling ride." 

"Each musician separately is highly energetic, inventive and full of good spirits. Together, they threaten to pull you out of your seat, put a smile on your face and get you moving. Randalu and Janke are a unique and highly talented duo, playing extroverted and entertaining music. "Live" demonstrates the appropriateness of giving them the consecutive jazz awards, as their music communicates the joy of giving and receiving."