2013 / Sentient Spirit Records
Review by Michael Debbage
It has been over five years since we have heard any new recordings from the beloved pianist Laura Sullivan. In fact, make it six years since we have heard any original material courtesy of 2007’s Feast Of Joy & Love. Needless to say, it is an absolute delight to hear the musical voice of Laura Sullivan.
Love's River opens with the tepid “Secrets From The Deep” but is followed by the brilliant “Wishing On A Dandelion” that would be a great companion on her epic album Mystical America. In fact these two tracks, along with committing to only four tracks with Ackermann, may reflect an artist not quite ready to make a 100% commitment in her return to the recording world. Nevertheless there are other fine moments such as the angelic “Holding Heaven”, the spacious “Calligraphy” and the reflective closer “Snowfall On Water”.
After a six year wait, the expectations were very high. So while this may not be the template for a triumph return, Sullivan still presents her patient fans with a lovely recording. It would have just been nice to see Laura Sullivan dive in rather than wade into Love's River. That said the waters of Love's River are still warm and refreshing.
May 11, 2013
Review by Kathy Parsons