G. F. Mlely | Re-Entry

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Re-Entry

by G. F. Mlely

"The music rolls around in your ear like a bluesy summer evening after you've had that tasty meal - from a deep thinker who triumphs over troubles" says JazzUSA.com. Straight-ahead jazz in a classic tradition based solidly in the contemporary.
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4. Threnody For An Unborn Child
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Pianist-composer G. F. Mlely has been featured artist and composer in concert, festival, and club venues throughout Europe and the United States.  In the much published article, "G. F. Mlely, A Trail Of Endurance" journalist Nathan Gold described how in 1983 the jazz pianist-composer, with an album in Top 10 airplay, was on a solo piano concert tour of Europe, when midway along he received information that caused him to suddenly abandon the tour due to personal circumstances, and to leave off playing professionally for nearly two decades.

As of this writing, however, with two new solo piano albums, Re-Entry [2001] and 88 Keys And Counting [2002], and one trio album, A Little Night Waltz [2003], Mlely has returned, and, as AllAboutJazz.com staff reviewer John Kelman writes, Mlely is, quite simply, back, and with a vengeance."

Kelman states that "Mlely is one of the few pianists out there who can extend a solo piano interpretation to seven minutes and maintain interest throughout." Mlely challenges the notion that the new only comes from the young. "He has literally created his own harmonic language," notes Kelman.

Mlely is also a songwriter, writing both words and music, skills he developed during his recuperation. His songs have been produced and recorded by artists diverse from one another as Freddie Hubbard, George Harrison, (guitarist) John Tesh, Phil Perry, The Cunninghams, the latter on a Grammy-nominated album.

He is a creator of avant-garde multidisciplinary works, some of which he describes as "dramaturgical songworks, jazz theater pieces for small spaces." His choral compositions have premiered in Hawai'i and in Los Angeles. A one-act musical theater piece ran 4 months onstage in San Francisco, and "Jazz Piano," a video series, ran over 2 years on Olelo Television of Hawai'i.

Mlely is author of essays (www.jazcraft.net/essaysmenu.html) and commentaries (www.jazcraft.net/archives.html) on the art, field, and politics of jazz and songwriting. He is author of a book, "New Music And The American Christian - A Critical Look," accessible online at www.jazcraft.net/nmatacsegments.html; and author of "The 8-Tone Quarto-Modes Concept," information about which can be found at www.jazcraft.net/8tone.html, a theoretical work which introduces a newly identified chord he proves out as the "diminished major."

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John Kelman, All About Jazz

“Unexpected twists and turns... an inventive and passionate album.”
When pianist G.F. Mlely returned to the music scene in 2000, one might easily have wondered if, after a hiatus of nearly twenty years, he still had it. After all, he had quite a successful touring and recording career and a recording, Trio, that was among the top ten jazz albums being played on US radio when personal circumstances caused him to bow out. How would he sound twenty years later? Asserting in no small way that he was back, Mlely released ReEntry , a daring solo piano recording, proving that not only was his technical ability better than ever, but so was his imagination and creativity. ********** His playing exudes confidence and a sense that, as exploratory as he gets, he always knows where he is going. Nothing feels left to chance, yet the spirit of improvisation is strong; within the context of compositional structure Mlely takes the tunes to places that often surprise. ********** FOR ENTIRE REVIEW GO TO http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/review.php?id=11573
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Lee Prosser, Jazz Review

Re-Entry is solo piano at its best... a magnificent collection.
Five stars to RE-ENTRY, jazz pianist G. F. Mlely's memorable CD!.. Mlely shows great depth of sensitivity, imagination, and technique skills in this collection. This is a standout jazz pianist who shines in everything he plays... G. F. Mlely gives the performance of a lifetime on this solo piano outing... an excellent CD for the jazz listener... solo piano at its best, a magnificent collection of performances. Five stars! ********** FOR ENTIRE REVIEW GO TO http://www.jazzreview.com/cdreview.cfm?ID=2155
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Phyllis A Lodge, Jazz USA

Re-Entry clearly harks to a streaming musical dimension.
To paraphrase the title of a Monk classic, Mlely's piano is powerfully 'on minor'. I hear a spirit that is initially somber, like twilight, with a brightly complex delivery. That complexity involves rather than puts off the listener. ***** He is as clear as a bell. Mlely walks the keyboard and strums it like a harp. He rolls it around in your ear like a bluesy summer evening after you've had that tasty meal, and just before you nod off on the front porch... a deep thinker who triumphs over life. ***** He respects the emotional forces of his personal expression as he allows it to roam. And yet, he has a firm grip on the reins. Mlely allows the listener into his experience, into his musical garden... best explored with an insightful, powerful guide. Mlely is such a guide, and his Re-Entry clearly harks to a streaming musical dimension. ********** FOR ENTIRE REVIEW GO TO JazzUSA.com, search artist.
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Jean Osborne

WOW!!!!! KNOCKED MY SOCKS OFF!!!
Each piece on this album is a revelation, releasing feelings of happiness, sadness, excitement and leaves me wanting more. From one to the other - an adventure.
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Dave Nathan, All Music Guide

“Filled with invention and bewitching musical patterns, highly recommended.”
Whether he's playing a standard or an original, M'lely's approach has all the flourish and intensity of a classical pianist with the improvisational surprises of jazz... he has a unique way of moving back and forth between the stated melody and his own improvisational ideas... His compositions are filled with invention and bewitching musical patterns which fit his style well. ***** Abrupt tempo changes pervade... building tension and then allowing its release...Very impressive stuff, indeed. This album displays a high level of virtuosity and is recommended. ********** FOR ENTIRE REVIEW GO TO http://allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=Aabdsyl13xpzb
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