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Album Review: Storyteller
Jason Boyd
Cover image of the album Storyteller by Jason Boyd
Jason Boyd
2010 / Jason Boyd
28 minutes
Review by Kathy Parsons
Storyteller is the newest release from British pianist/composer Jason Boyd. Born in 1979 in East Sussex UK, Boyd developed a love for music at a very early age, learning to play the guitar and then piano. After completing his studies at Sussex University and The Guildhall School of Music and Drama he started teaching piano and keyboard privately, later accepting the post of Head of Music and Music Technology at Bexhill College. Boyd was also a semi-finalist in 2010’s UK songwriting competition.

Storyteller’s subtitle is “Beauty through simplicity,” and the liner notes state, “The aim of this album is to simply let the piano ‘speak’ in a clear, concise but most importantly, beautiful manner.” Several of the ten tracks on this album are really compelling, while a few are a bit too repetitious for these ears. Still, the really strong tracks are excellent and promise great things from this young composer.

Storyteller begins with the title track, a lovely piece that doesn’t quite have a melody, but follows a pattern of chord progressions that create a quiet, hypnotic atmosphere. “New Horizon” would probably be extremely effective with visuals, but to intently listen to it gets too repetitive for me. “Evening Waltz” has a bittersweet and graceful melody set to a simple waltz rhythm. Very classical in style, I really like this one! My favorite track is “Echoes of Time.” In fact, I LOVE this piece! It begins in the deep bass of the piano, very dark and mysterious. A second, more rhythmic theme enters, and then gives way to a ballad style that tells a tale that isn’t so dark. The themes alternate, contrasting with each other and conveying their stories. It’s extremely effective and emotionally charged! “The Promise” is very simply told, coming straight from the heart. Very spare yet full of expression, I really like this one, too! “Distant Star” has an infectious energy that propels it into vast open space - another winner! Also a favorite is “Forgotten Dream,” a piece with a gently flowing pace that intertwines several themes into a “dreamy” whole. The final track is a reprise of “Evening Waltz,” a little shorter this time, but just as beautiful as the first take.

I predict that Jason Boyd is an artist we’ll be hearing a lot from. You can visit his website for samples at www.jasonboyd.co.uk. Storyteller is available from Amazon, iTunes, and CD Baby. Check it out!
December 2, 2010
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