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Album Review: Songs from the Castle
Robin Meloy Goldsby
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Songs from the Castle
Robin Meloy Goldsby
2007 / Bass Lion Music
60 minutes
Review by Kathy Parsons
Songs From the Castle is Robin Meloy Goldsby’s third solo piano release to date. A pianist who spent many years playing in finer hotel lobbies and lounges in New York City, Goldsby is now spinning her musical magic in European castles. Hence the title of this exceptionally good CD. In our recent interview, Goldsby said, “It has always been my goal to play music that is subtle enough to blend in, but substantial enough to hear. I make my living staying in the background, but I keep myself stimulated by making harmonic choices that aren't obvious.” This quote does a very good job of summing up Goldsby’s approach, which is elegant, flowing, and always beautiful without ever being cloying or overtly commercial. She has a very strong musical voice which is uniquely her own - full of emotion and expression that is genuine and from the heart. Of the fifteen tracks on this CD, eleven are original compositions and four are covers.

Songs From the Castle begins with James Horner’s theme from “Legends of the Fall,” a piece that Goldsby has made her own - a wonderful opening! “Lerbach Nocturne” refers to the castle where Goldsby currently performs. The piece is graceful and serene with just enough majesty to create a sense of mystery and wonder. “First Snow” is much lighter and more playful. “Feed the Birds” is a haunting arrangement of a song by Richard M. and Robert B. Sherman. Dreamy and wistful, this is one of my favorites. For those who still crave a lovely version of Pachelbel’s “Canon in D,” Goldsby’s is one of the best. “Magic In the Night” is a bit jazzier as it sparkles and swirls without a care in the world. “Lisa” is another favorite. Bittersweet and deeply-felt with a graceful flow, it says so much without getting too complicated. “RDM Ballet” suggests fluid motion accented with ribbons of color. I really love this one! “Water Lily” and “Magnolia are pure poetry. “The Lady Plays (for Marian McPartland)” closes the collection with an elegant tribute to one of the great ladies of jazz.

Songs From the Castle is one great piano album! Give your ears a treat and check it out at goldsby.de, amazon.com, and iTunes. Very highly recommended!
March 30, 2009
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