is Canadian pianist/composer Jesse Brown’s fourth solo piano release and his second EP this year. As he did on his previous album, Trilogy
, Brown placed the mic very close to the piano to create the feeling of sitting next to him as he plays. That technique also adds a very distinctive and intimate character to the music. For this recording, Brown played a small upright piano and kept the practice (soft) pedal engaged, producing some unexpected sounds from the piano. He recorded in a small room with hardwood flooring, which gives the music a very “live” and resonant sound. I thought he might have added some synth strings in places, but those sounds must be the vibration of the piano strings. Fascinating!
begins with “Adrift,” a short piece originally intended to be a warm up exercise before recording the other pieces, but became a gospel-tinged nugget in its own right. I love “Floating,” a lively, mysterious piece that would be excellent in a film score. The rolling chords on the left hand set an energetic tone of consistency while the right hand is much freer and more expressive - a great piece that I hope finds its way into sheet music! “Dream” is very light and delicate, played mostly in the upper half of the piano keyboard. “Stars” is a sweet and gentle waltz that suggests the innocence of a child as well as the magical beauty of a clear night sky. I really like this one, too! “Looking Back” has a bluesy, gospel flavor that works really well on this piano. There is a strong enough melody to add lyrics in a country/rock style, but it’s more fun to imagine what those words might be!
Jesse Brown is rapidly becoming one of my favorite pianist/composers, so be sure to check out Still
and his other recordings. They are available from www.JesseBrown.net
, Amazon, iTunes and CD Baby. Highly recommended!