Becky Archibald | The Light At The End Of The Blues

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The Light At The End Of The Blues

by Becky Archibald

Intimate and intense, soothing and stimulating piano compositions that delight the listener with refreshing harmonies and soulful melodies tinged with jazz.
Genre: Jazz: Free Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Not Too Bad
4:07 $0.99
2. Hot & Lazy
3:39 $0.99
3. From Mozart To Me
5:37 $0.99
4. The Artist
1:57 $0.99
5. Jazzy Ballad
5:47 $0.99
6. Wistful
4:03 $0.99
7. Yearning
6:49 $0.99
8. Adieu
2:30 $0.99
9. The Light At The End Of The Blues
5:10 $0.99
10. At Home
3:39 $0.99
11. Jaggedy Rag
2:45 $0.99
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Album Notes
Becky Archibald's third solo piano CD, "The Light At The End Of The Blues" was featured on NPR's "All Songs Considered" (Stage 15). Archibald is an award-winning composer, pianist and recording artist. "Becky's certainly one of the most creative and expressive pianists to come along in years. . .There is never a dull moment as Becky's full of surprises--once you think you've got the basic rhythm or melody down, she switches gears on you. . .If pure, acoustic ivory creativity and expressiveness is your kind of sound, you'll absolutely love this CD," proclaims Les Reynolds, .

Chuck Workman, Indianapolis NUVO, writes, "The need to express the musical fire that burns in the mind of pianist/composer Becky Archibald is relentless. . .her latest CD (is) an ambitious project of diverse musical genres from classical to jazz. . ."

"The album is wonderful: terrific playing, recorded beautifully. The Bosendorfer sounds magnificent!" raves Steven Turpin, host of Indiana Public Radio.

Tracks you must hear, and liner notes:

1. Not Too Bad "Things were going okay. Not great. Not too bad. I captured the mood with a carefree little tune. Then my frustration with mediocrity seeped out midway through. I tried to make it go away, but the piece wasn't right without it."

9. The Light At The End Of The Blues "Diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome, I had to wear splints on both arms 23 hours a day. I could hold a pencil, so I kept writing. An exploration of an interesting mix of major and minor intervals, the half-diminished chord, led to a sound that was dark and yet light. This piece is about hope in the midst of despair."

Expect to feel deeply when you listen to this CD, whether joy or laughter or sorrow. The music will lift you.



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Kathy Parsons

Great Stuff!
“The Light At the End of the Blues” is a fascinating collection of original piano solos that contain strong elements of classical, jazz, and blues stylings as well as new age/contemporary instrumental. Genre-defying, this is Becky Archibald’s third album to date, and it is excellent! Intense and personal (and intensely personal!), Archibald’s music is often more abstract and discordant than the “norm” (if there is one!) for the new age genre, and yet the music is easy to listen to and digest - just don’t keep it in the background, as there are some terrific tracks on this CD! The liner notes are very descriptive of where the music came from, making the pieces even more alive - I love hearing where the inspiration for music comes from, and Archibald does a wonderful job of illustrating how moods, weather, experimentation, people, dreams, and even health can have a tremendous impact on ones music. I really like all eleven tracks on this CD, but a few favorites include: “From Mozart to Me,” which started with two measures from a Mozart sonata and grew from there; “The Artist” started with an audience’s choice of the first six notes of a song and was titled for the artist who was sketching as Archibald composed; “Yearning” was a collection of musical ideas that Archibald had been saving, and she worked on putting them together the day after 9/11 - the pain and anxiety of that time is very clear; “Adieu,” my favorite track, is a melancholy and bittersweet piece that really speaks to me; and “Jaggedy Rag” is a fun and upbeat piece where Archibald purposely broke the rules Scott Joplin set up for himself in composing his own rags. There isn’t a weak track on this album, and it is a CD that I will return to to refresh my ears from time to time. Highly recommended!