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Thin Ice

by Brian Harris

"Thin Ice" is the new CD by pianist Brian Harris. It is a set of diverse piano pieces fusing some of the different styles of music he is fluent with - classical, jazz, blues and progressive rock.
Genre: New Age: Contemporary Instrumental
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Clicker Ticker
7:10 $1.29
2. Thin Ice
3:03 $1.29
3. Up Over the Hill and Back Again
4:05 $1.29
4. Rain
3:39 $1.29
5. Fugue in Db Major
1:38 $1.29
6. Red's Blues
3:48 $1.29
7. The Naked Truth
5:29 $1.29
8. They Don't Tell Me (But I Know)
2:49 $1.29
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
With "Thin Ice", pianist Brian Harris has created an album of piano music that reaches across a variety of styles and moods in which the individual pieces fit together to form a unified musical statement.

A classically-trained pianist, Brian has also played jazz extensively and grew up with rock and roll (with a particular love of progressive rock). He feels that Thin Ice represents a kind of "melting pot" of all those experiences, blending those influences into a unique, personal musical message.

The opening track "Clicker Ticker" is an extended piece, and is exactly the kind of piece Brian has always wanted to write. It is a musical journey, of sorts. Upon hearing it, the listener will almost certainly sense the notion of having taken a bit of a musical trip.

Next, the title track of the album represents a blending of the classical side and the progressive rock side. It might described as Bach-like at times (in technique, if not harmonically), but also becomes quite percussive at other points.

"Up Over the Hill and Back Again" is a lengthy title yet aptly describes the form of this bluesy, funky, gospel-influenced tune.

"Rain" is a gentle mood piece, yet at times presents somewhat startling harmonic passages.

"Fugue in Db Major" is exactly what you'd expect from such a title. In a nod to J.S. Bach, Brian presents a fugue that is completely original but matching the style of the master himself, yet with an unquestionably modern instrument sound. No shame if a piece is to be considered "derivative" in a work that is itself an homage to a genius!

"Red's Blues" is a bluesy romp that is just plain fun to play.

Along with Clicker Ticker, "The Naked Truth" is a fairly extended piece that uses a variety of compositional techniques to transform the main theme, building a development section of the piece that takes a bit of a musical journey itself.

"They Don't Tell Me (but I know)" is a soft, sweet and gentle ending to the album.

A variety of pianos were used in recording this CD, in addition to a software instrument for the fugue. Special thanks to Family Piano Co. in Waukegan, Illinois for their generosity in allowing Brian to record five of the tracks on his choice from among their many fine pianos.

Brian hopes you will enjoy this CD. You are most welcome to contact him with your thoughts.



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