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Red Diamonds

by Gina Lenee'

Brilliant, original compositions with emotional depth and striking beauty. This is the talented composer's first album working with legendary producer and Grammy-winner Will Ackerman, founder of Windham Hill Records, recorded at his Imaginary Road Studios
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1. A Thousand Days Without You
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2. Soulmates
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3. Carry Me Away
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4. The Moment
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5. River
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6. Red Diamonds
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7. The Beautiful, the Broken
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8. Art of Life
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9. What No One Knows
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10. Forever
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
With six successful albums of original piano compositions already in her discography, the California resident and philanthropist wanted to reach even higher heights in her musical career. This led her to the rural mountains of Vermont and Will Ackerman's Imaginary Road recording studios. Ackerman and noted audio engineer Tom Eaton collaborated with the gifted pianist and the result is Red Diamonds, a recording that is sure to thrill her current fans as well as introduce her to a much wider audience. Includes stunning musical contributions by GRAMMY winning cellist Eugene Friesen, GRAMMY winning percussionist, Jeff Haynes, Premik Russell Tubbs (EWI, soprano sax) Charlie Bisharat (violin), Jeff Oster (flugelhorn), Tom Eaton (fretless bass), Jill Haley (English horn), Marc Schulman (electric guitar), Noah Wilding (vocals) and Will Ackerman (guitar, vocals)

"Gina is a romantic, and a romantic whose vision goes way beyond cliches. She is a brilliant pianist and composer who crafts pieces of emotional depth and striking beauty. It's a producer's dream to find an artist who can bring you a broad catalogue of stunning original compositions and perform them with both precision and heart as Gina did is recording Red Diamonds."
- Will Ackerman, founder of Windham Hill Records

"Here is the ideal musical gift for that special someone in your life. Gina Lenee''s Red Diamonds is infused with abundant romanticism from first track to last. Warm, rich piano melodies that speak directly to the heart are this talented pianist's specialty. Add in a stellar case of guest stars and production by Ackerman and Eaton and you have a sure fire winner!"
- Bill Binkelman, Zone Music Reporter

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Candice Michelle

Review from Journeyscapes Radio
Californian native and resident Gina Leneé is a classically trained pianist and composer who’s released a handful of albums since the early 2000’s. Her latest album, Red Diamonds, marks her first time working with Windham Hill Records founder Will Ackerman, which was recorded at his Imaginary Road Studios in Vermont. Comprised of ten compositions showcasing Leneé on piano, the album variably features guest performances throughout which includes Ackerman on guitar, Charlie Bisharat on violin, Eugene Friesen on cello, Jill Haley on English horn, Jeff Haynes on percussion, Jeff Oster on flugelhorn, Marc Shulman on electric guitar, Premik Russell Tubbs on electronic woodwind instrument and saxophone, Tom Eaton on fretless bass, guitar and vocals, and Noah Wilding on vocals.

“A Thousand Days Without You” opens in a graceful, unhurried manner with subtle English horn melding into the backdrop along the way. “Soulmates” continues in this gentle piano mode seemingly tip-toeing about, as accompanying violin further lends an added touch of gracefulness that perfectly illustrates a couple’s dance. Initially beginning more slowly, “Carry Me Away” eventually picks up a livelier pace with underlying percussion and a repeating piano riff throughout. Electronic woodwind and breezy wordless vocals further lend the piece a somewhat Celtic feel that likewise paints a scenery of open meadows and sunny skies. An especially lovely composition, it seems to tell of story of waiting to be whisked away by a lover whom one wishes will soon arrive. My absolute favorite piece herein is “The Moment”, clocking in at nine minutes as the album’s lengthiest track. This hauntingly sensual number treads along more ambient-jazz terrain, aided in part by drifty flugelhorn which helps to convey a deeper level of intrigue. Softly echoing percussion, subtle brushes of wordless vocals, sparse guitar notes and the mysterious melody of electronic woodwind perfectly round-out this piece, which serves as a shining example of many subtle yet perfectly placed musical elements coming together to create a truly outstanding composition. The title track, “Red Diamonds”, moves along in a somewhat galloping manner with its focal melody warmly accompanied by percussion and violin. The album’s most subtle piece, “Art of Life” is another highlight defined by a notably elegant melody graced by cello and airy vocals. And finally, “Forever” concludes the album as its most sentimental piece, led by a tender melody that’s once again accompanied by English horn.

Overall gently restrained and mostly low-key throughout, Red Diamonds elegantly sparkles and shines without the need for too much ornamental flash. Rather, many perfectly understated musical elements and subtle textures combine on this beautiful collection of pieces for a personal listening experience that is truly reflective, romantic and intimate!
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Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"Red Diamonds" is the seventh release by pianist/composer Gina Lenee’ and her first album produced by Will Ackerman and recorded at his Imaginary Road Studios. The ten original pieces on the album are a romantic mix of piano with ensemble and are strongly melodic, passionate, and very beautiful. Ensemble players include the always-wonderful Charlie Bisharat (violin), Ackerman (guitar and vocals), Eugen Friesen (cello), Jill Haley (English horn), Jeff Haynes (percussion), Jeff Oster (flugelhorn), Marc Schulman (electric guitar), Premik Russell Tubbs (EWI and sax), Tom Eaton (bass, guitar, vocals), and Noah Wilding (vocals).

It is both interesting and inspiring to learn that Gina Lenee’ has been using her musical gifts in support of a wide range of causes that are dear to her heart. In her words: “I’ve always had the desire for my music to be more than entertainment or background ambiance. I look for opportunities to make a difference using my music.” Essentially a self-taught pianist, the California native is obviously doing her best to make the world a better place one note at a time - and more power to her for making that effort!

"Red Diamonds" begins with “A Thousand Days Without You,” a graceful ballad that is mostly solo piano with occasional enhancements provided by English horn, cello, and voice. “Soulmates” is a tender love song that starts out as a piano solo and then soars as a piano and violin duet - a favorite! “Carry Me Away” opens with a dreamy solo piano prelude. For the second movement, the tempo is bumped up a bit and most of the ensemble is featured. The EWI (electronic wind instrument) is out in front for most of this movement with a beautiful flute-like sound. Piano and EWI combine beautifully in “The Moment,” a haunting and sensual piece that features most of the ensemble creating musical magic. The title track is beautiful, but while Bisharat’s passionate violin is stellar, the piano plays mainly a repetition of the same phrase throughout the piece. (I’m not sure why this is becoming a regular practice, but it drives me nuts!) “The Beautiful, The Broken” is heartbreaking with a slow, very spare melody that comes from deep within - also a favorite. “What No One Knows” is my favorite track on the album. Mostly a duet for piano and violin, it includes English horn, voices, guitar and washes of other instruments. The powerful emotional quality is sincere and compelling - Gina Lenee’ and Charlie Bisharat are an amazing duo! “Forever” overflows with warmth and tenderness, bringing the album to a very satisfying close.

"Red Diamonds" is the first of Gina Lenee’s albums that I’ve heard, and I’m very impressed with her expressive playing and composing style! Recommended!
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