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“The models for this group are the trios of Ahmad Jamal and Bill Evans.  Habian emphasizes lyricism, employing pretty harmonies and decorative runs and figures.  He gets an attractive tone from his instrument and articulates precisely.  However, he’s also recorded three nice originals, the most ambitious of which is the multi-sectioned “Island Suite” makes Tonal Paintings a very happy surprise that’s worth searching out.”                   

Harvey Pekar, - The Plain Dealer


“A skillful player, Habian has an easy fluidity on the piano and solid chops on the synthesizer.  His quintet recording “Tonal Paintings”, ranges from hard swinging jazz with a touch of mid-60’s funk to energetic fusion.  Throughout the recording, Habian is the star performer.”                                              

-  Titus Levi, Keyboard, April 1994 

“…a wonderfully crafted, thoughtful example of avant-garde jazz, the kind being played by the hippest of the young jazz musicians.  Habian is at least to the very best of them-in fact this album offers strong evidence that nobody is playing better at the moment.”

-  Jake Casey, News Herald

“…Habian’s music runs the gamut from Bill Evans-like romantic lyricism to Weather Report-inspired fusion.  Throughout he demonstrates a penchant for creating musical colors and textures…”                                                                   

- Fanfare

“Neo bop.  Cleveland keyboardist in multi-directional format.  Monkish post-bop more potent than fusion.  Good composer.  Much potential.”                                                                                
-  All Music Guide, 1994
A message from Cliff:
 
“Welcome to my online home.  I hope you will browse my performance videos, photo gallery, CDs and read my career bio….And call me to talk about your next special event.” 

“Please visit my Calendar to see where and when I am playing next. I hope to have brief lessons and tips for pianists on my site too.”

“I perform in solo piano settings as well as with groups such as trio and quartet. As an instrumentalist, I cover a variety of styles with a special emphasis on jazz and classical as well as the "Great American Songbook." My typical engagements vary from clubs, restaurants, concerts to private events and weddings. I also enjoy teaching at the Great Lakes School Of Music providing individual piano instruction.”
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