Solo Piano – Melodic gentle and passionate piano music with Jazz and Classical influences
Dear Richard – I received “Solo Flight” today (4/22), and I absolutely love it! I listened to the first side, and I find it transporting, peaceful, and very sweet – The titles are all so fitting – for example, “Still Young at 95,” has that slightly hesitant waltz rhythm (I think Chopin might’ve used that a bit, too!) which so typifies the elderly, but there is a lot of youth conveyed in that song – very delightful. “Sweet Infatuation” has a bit more sophistication – more leaning toward jazz than the others – and that seems fitting for the title. But so far my absolute favorite is the last piece on that side, “Fantasy and Ostinato.”
There is an innocent playfulness in the building of the initially short tessitura, then that cascading effect where so much more is explored — this piece — and others — really celebrate the bigness, the fullness of the sound of the piano — and I’m wondering which pieces you played on the Steinway and which ones on the Baldwin SD-10. There really is a bell-like quality on some of the pieces which I think is so stunningly beautiful! “Fantasy and Ostinato” I think might be a good piece to use for GIM (Guided Imagery and Music) — I pictured, at first, the painted wind chimes, made of glass pieces, that I used to have, with their simple close tonal intervals. Then as the tessitura expanded, I pictured large windows and mirrors in motion — it all cascaded from the narrow initial range into something very vast and very comforting at the same time — all so beautiful!!!
I thank you for this lovely, lovely music, and I look forward to listening to the second side!
– Edy Toussaint 4/22/10
Tracks • Sunset (5:06) • Crepuscule (1:22) • Still Young at 95 (4:06) • Sweet Infatuation (3:29) • Flight (4:53) • Fantasy and Ostinato (5:29) • Claude’s Idea (2:51) • Twilight (for Bill Evans) (1:55) • Night Mood (5:43) • Mystery Introduction (1:00) • It’s a Mystery (3:34) • David’s Mellow Squire (2:56) • Gratitude (5:30) • Hymn (1:59)