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Album Review: 24 Impromptus
Pam Asberry
Cover image of the album 24 Impromptus by Pam Asberry
24 Impromptus
Pam Asberry
2024 / Optimistic Flamingo Music
55 minutes
Review by Kathy Parsons
Pam Asberry's 24 Impromptus is her tenth full-length solo piano album (plus some singles) since her 2017 debut, Seashells In My Pocket. A longtime piano teacher and a classically-trained pianist, Pam's album follows the classical tradition of composing a set of pieces with one in each of the twenty-four major and minor keys of the chromatic scale. Each of Pam's pieces has a one-word subtitle (an "affirmation") that describes its overall mood or theme. They include "Bliss," "Wonder," "Forgive" and "Freedom." None of the pieces are longer than 3 1/2 minutes, allowing Pam to cover a lot of expressive territory with music that overflows with grace and beauty, providing a positive and healing energy that can soothe and uplift. Or it can simply provide about an hour's worth of really nice piano music! The listener wins either way!

24 Impromptus was recorded at Joe Bongiorno's Piano Haven Studio in Sedona, Arizona and was recorded, mixed and mastered by Joe. Joe's piano is an incredible Shigeru Kawai SK7L concert grand that has a warm and expressive tone that I could listen to all day (and sometimes do!). It is perfectly-suited to Pam's graceful piano touch.

I can't write about all twenty-four impromptus, but I can pick out some favorites. "#1 in C Major" is subtitled "Journey" and reminds me a bit of some of Robin Spielberg's gentle music. It's a happy piece that expresses anticipation and a dreamy kind of excitement. "#3 in F Major" is subtitled "Bliss" and is both relaxed and carefree with a rolling left hand pattern supporting a simple but meaningful melody. (This one is also really fun to play!) "#6 in B Minor, Yielding" overflows with grace and deeply-felt emotional expression. "#8 in F# Minor, Vision" has a haunting quality I really like. The melody is played with the left hand, supported by flowing repeated broken chords on the right. This one is fun to play, too! "#9 in E Major, Serenity" has a light waltz tempo that feels relaxed and very contented - serene! "12 in G# Minor, Reflect" is played very freely and expressively and feels much like when you get so lost in thought that everything else seems to go away - or at least fade into the background. "#14 in E-flat Minor, Patience" has a slightly mysterious feeling along with a compelling melody and a sense of movement. "#17 in A -flat Major, Grace" makes me think of a large, ornate ballroom with ladies dressed in long flowing gowns dancing a romantic waltz with their Prince Charmings - very happy as well as elegant. "#22 in G Minor, Persevere" goes quite a bit darker and has a feeling of mystery about it, trailing off at the end. "#24 in D Minor, Magnify" brings the album to a close with a thoughtful, reflective piece with an easy tempo and a dreamy mood.

24 Impromptus is available from Pam's website as a download or as a CD. The digital album can ordered and streamed from Amazon and Apple/iTunes and can be streamed from many streaming platforms including Spotify. As you may have guessed, a spiral-bound songbook with all twenty-four pieces is also available. Pam did the transcriptions and I proof-read them, so I can say with confidence that the sheet music is as close a match to the recordings as is possible. The songbooks are available as printed books and digital downloads. I highly recommend all of the above!
April 20, 2024
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