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Known to the initiated as "a consistently excellent yet persistently under-recognized creative music artist" (Owen McNally, Hartford Courant), pianist/composer Peter Madsen has appeared on nearly 100 recordings since 1984, including three previous Playscape Recordings releases under his own name and 14 others under the leadership of such longtime labelmates as Michael Musillami and Mario Pavone. Overall, his career spans more than 40 years and includes collaborations with everyone from Stan Getz, Benny Golson and Stanley Turrentine to Thomas Chapin, Kenny Garrett and Joe Lovano to Pee Wee Ellis, Maceo Parker and Fred Wesley.

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Reviews
 
Madsen spreads the canvas with rich textures, bringing the well-known compositions to life through his expansive resolution of their complexities. Monk’s music has had more exposure since his death than I would imagine he ever dreamed possible; yet Madsen stamps the selections with a unique identity and brings freshness and vitality to the repertoire
— Frank Rubolino, AllAboutJazz.com 

Throughout this outing, he captures an aura and reshapes many of these works into what may appear to be a concise history of modern jazz piano…the artist’s brainchild imparts and indelible impression.
— Glenn Astarita, All Music Guide 

The fact that Madsen performs solo makes it abundantly clear that he can command the listener’s attention through mastery of the material and remarkable technical facility, even on tunes that listeners may have heard numerous times.
— Bill Donaldson, Cadence 

Madsen, currently based both in Austria and New York, deserves to be better known for his versatile imagination, accessible swing and self-assured touch.
— Stuart Kremsky, IAJRC Journal 

The truth of the matter is that Madsen can also create a much wider range of sound from inside the piano than most players. His expressive re-imagining of 'Evidence' is a sonic treat, filled with the crystalline shimmers, something akin to a slapped electric bass and an echo of tympani.
— James Hale, DownBeat 

He gives the piano several dimensions, plucking the strings, striking the keys, pounding out rhythm on the casing, making the instrument a living entity.
— Terrell Holmes, AllAboutJazz-New York 

Madsen has the chops and harmonic skills of two pianists.
— David R. Adler, NewMusicBox 

Pianist Peter Madsen remains one of the finest of all modern day jazz pianists and never ceases to astonish everyone who hears him.
— Bruce Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery 

Peter Madsen's piano is both a pliant foundation and a soloistic force to be reckoned with...
— Matthew Miller, AllAboutJazz-New York 

Each piece is closely explored with a clear emphasis on exposing the melody from several directions. Consistenly intriguing.
— Nick Pitt, Coda 

Discography
 
Elvis Never Left The Building
Peter Madsen's CIA Trio
10.14.2014
Street Songs
Mario Pavone
05.06.2014
Soul of the Underground
Peter Madsen w/ Alfred Vogel
06.18.2013
Never Let Me Go: Quartets '95 & '96 (3 CD)
Thomas Chapin
12.11.2012
Gravity of Love
Peter Madsen's Seven Sins Ensemble
08.19.2012
Arc Suite T/Pi T/Po
Mario Pavone Orange Double Tenor
11.09.2010
The Litchfield Suite
Peter Madsen Trio
03.16.2010
Ancestors
Mario Pavone
11.04.2008
Fragile Forms
Michael Musillami's Dialect
09.12.2006
Prevue of Tomorrow
Peter Madsen
04.18.2006
Deez to Blues
Mario Pavone
03.21.2006
Dachau
Michael Musillami Trio
09.06.2005
Boom
Mario Pavone Quartet
09.07.2004
Spirits
Michael Musillami Octet
09.07.2004
Orange
Mario Pavone Nu Trio/Quintet
10.14.2003
Night Sounds
Ted Levine (w/ Peter Madsen)
09.09.2003
Sphere Essence: Another Side of Monk
Peter Madsen
05.27.2003
Mythos
Mario Pavone Nu Trio/Quintet
04.19.2002
Part Pitbull
Michael Musillami (with Peter Madsen)
04.19.2002
Op-Ed
Mario Pavone/Michael Musillami Quartet
07.22.2001
Motion Poetry
Mario Pavone/Michael Musillami Quartet
05.01.2001
Event #6
Ted Levine
02.02.2001