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Piano for People Who Think.

There's a lot of music out there.  Here's why I hope you'll like mine.

What Kind of Music Is It, Anyway?

Very good question.  I don't know if I've fully figured it out myself -- or, for that matter, whether I want to.  What I can say about this music is that it stems from improvisation, which has a long and honored history in music.  I think that, as soon as someone sits down at a keyboard, or takes up a wind instrument to toot a few notes, the urge to experiment takes over.  More so than writing (at least for me), music opens up whole avenues of exploration.  I've had my piano music compared to Keith Jarrett and to George Winston, and while I hold no illusions with respect to my comparative talent, still it's pleasing to know that I'm compared to these talents.  If you want do know more about how I improvise, here's an attempt at explaining.

I have two guiding lights in my musical life -- they are Chopin and Keith Jarrett.  I don't pretend to compare myself to them.  But when I want to "kick back" and enjoy some disciplined practice, I'll turn to Chopin.  And when I want to be inspired by "the better craftsman" ("il miglior fabbro" -- the Italian phrase T.S. Eliot used to dedicate "The Waste Land" to Ez Pound), I listen to Keith Jarrett.

Most people I know who've come across Jarrett's stuff like the music but dislike the man.  I can't say that I blame them.  I think that most people today (and certainly people in the 19th century) who encountered Beethoven would have drawn the same conclusion.  The best thing to do is to try to get past the quirks of the artist and focus on the music.  While that doesn't always work, perhaps in this case it will help you do connect with Jarrett's work.  You decide.  But at least I hope I can say that I offer my own alternatives with a touch more humility and a touch less in the way of histrionics.  Here's what's available:

Spun Glass.

The first effort, and still the favorite for some folks.  Mostly quiet and reflective pieces.

The Blessings of Our Days.

Conceived during the height of the September 11 experience, pieces on this CD reflect both the troubles of those days as well as the peace and reflection that act as counterstatements.

Spain.

Developed in honor of a colleague's decision to hike the Camino in northern Spain, this CD illustrates not only the power and passion of its subject, but also the limitations of the artist who struggles to bring it home.  Despite my personal hesitation in offering up the work, I've had more compliments around this collection than around either Blessings or Glass.