2023 / David Glass
Review by Kathy Parsons
"Gladiator" is a wild and crazy solo piano improvisation by David Glass, a pianist/composer/piano teacher from the SF Bay Area who knows no musical constraints - he can do it all and do it all well! David titled this piece "Gladiator" because of its intensity and the feeling that it could be part of a soundtrack. Quoting David: "One could imagine the music fitting behind the fight scene in Ragnarok where Thor and the Hulk are battling it out."
"Gladiator" came about during a recording session with Francis Martineau. They were recording mostly four-hand piano improvisations, but also took turns with solo improvisations. Recalling his turn to solo, David says: "The energy that passed through me was so intense I nearly collapsed off the piano bench when I finished. I felt like I just got out of a boxing match....When I listen back to 'Gladiator,' I’m astonished at some of the fast, blistering double octaves that I did. No doubt my classical training provided for the technical inspirations. There are many musical juxtapositions and quick changes that happened mostly because I was on the spot being recorded. It was a flight or fight situation." I would have loved to have been there!
As I'm sure you can tell, this isn't music for meditation or relaxation, but it's one heck of a lot of fun (as is the cover artwork!)! "Gladiator" is available from Amazon, Apple Music/iTunes and various streaming sites including Spotify.
October 27, 2023