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Album Review: Unwind
Louis Landon
Cover image of the album Unwind by Louis Landon
Louis Landon
2005 / Landon Creative, Inc.
62 minutes
Review by Kathy Parsons
As its title implies, Unwind is a soothing collection of original piano solos by pianist/composer Louis Landon. A jazz pianist with an impressive list of performing credentials, both as a soloist and as part of various bands and combos, Landon has an easy, melodic style that is warmly optimistic and accessible, yet complex enough to keep it interesting with repeated listens. I hear a lot of relaxing piano music, but Unwind stands out as an exceptional CD with its quiet sophistication and gentle elegance.

“My Brooke” opens the CD with a sweetly melodic love song. Lyrical and a little bit wistful, this is a lovely beginning. “I Can See” is just a shade darker and somewhat more introspective - perhaps a kind of musical soliloquy. Very nice! “Feel” has a warm, easy grace about it that is almost conversational. “Mindfulness” is more abstract and ambient with lots of open space between the chords - interesting and evocative. “Peaceful” is the perfect title for this gorgeous piece - a gentle musical massage for the mind. “Freefalling” has a floating, dreamy quality that meanders at its own pace. “Alone” is one of my favorites. A little more melancholy than the other pieces, its intimacy and emotional honesty are deeply felt. “Music For Michael” returns to a somewhat more ambient, improvisational style that drifts along at its own unhurried pace. “Childhood’s End” closes the set with an emotional free-form piece that is reflective and touching.

Unwind is Louis Landon’s sixth CD to date, but is the first one I’ve heard. It’s a treat for the ears and mind, and the perfect way to de-stress and relax. If you visit louislandon.com, but sure to check out his vocal piece, “Donald Trump Can Kiss My Butt” on the “CD’s” page - it’s a hoot! “Unwind” is available from that website as well as CD Baby and Amazon. Good stuff!
January 30, 2006