1998 / Dan Chadburn
Review by Kathy Parsons
Dan Chadburn’s debut recording is a soaring collection of thirteen wonderful compositions and improvisations. Some solo piano albums seem a bit empty and in need of accompaniment, but Dan clearly indicates why solo piano can be the most expressive of any musical medium. I’ve probably listened to this album at least twenty times, but each time, I’ve discovered something new, and the songs always seem as fresh as the first time I heard them. Dan’s playing style reflects his classical background, as well as his love of improvisation, and his compositions are full of passion and emotion without being overblown or melodramatic.
The CD opens with “Beginnings”, a sweetly uplifting piece full of hope and the joy of discovery. “Solitude” is spare and very atmospheric - I can picture someone playing this in a dark, empty room with only moonlight for illumination. My favorite song on the album is “Silence Once Served”, an introspective piece of musical soul-searching. The melody is simple, but so heartfelt that it affects me every time. “Midnight Romance” is a gently swirling waltz - quiet but passionate. “Elegy” is my other favorite piece. As its title indicates, there is a feeling of loss and sadness, but there is also a feeling of celebration of someone’s life. Gentle, yet very strong, there is an intensely personal feeling in this piece. “Home Again” lightens the mood, conveying warmth and a sense of relief at being back “home” - very contented!
Excellent from start to finish, I highly recommend this album!
January 1, 1999