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Revealed

by Gina Lenee'

A reflective, perhaps meditative album of new age piano; a depth of feeling and sincerity of emotion. Original compositions include the famous cover "On the Wings of Love" and include multi-instrumental accents. Produced by Will Ackerman and Tom Eaton
Genre: New Age: Contemporary Instrumental
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1. Undeniable
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2. Finding Me Again
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3. I Want to Get Closer
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4. Over
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5. Run Away with Me
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6. On the Wings of Love
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7. Revealed
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8. Even If I Have to Stand Alone
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9. Are You Still Dancing with Shadows
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10. Between What's Lost and Found
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11. To My Younger Self
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Revealed is a musical dedication to empower YOU, the listener. In the darkest moments when pain, rejection, self-doubt and isolation weakens your spirit and leaves you the most vulnerable

I want you to confidently believe in your soul...
There is a strength already within you ready to rise up and stare those battles down once and for all

You were always meant for more than what you've settled for. You can be knows for something else, something better

You are deserving of a moment that will define YOUR new beginning

Now is the time to love yourself with compassion and an unreserved unconditional love that renews your heart and mind, gives you courage, and hope to look forward towards a future where your most fulfilled life is REVEALED

WIND & WIRE REVIEW -By Bill Binkelman
Revealed is pianist Gina Leneé's second album produced by Grammy-winner Will Ackerman and co-produced, engineered, and mastered by Tom Eaton. All but one track was composed by the artist (the exception being her cover of the famous romantic ballad "On the Wings of Love'). As would be expected of an Imaginary Road Studio effort, many of the IR's usual suspects are present in varying roles: Charlie Bisharat (violin), Premik Russell Tubbs (soprano sax and EWI), Jeff Haynes (percussion), Eugene Friesen (cello) Jeff Oster (flugelhorn) as well as Ackerman (acoustic guitar) and Eaton (electric bass). As she showed on Red Diamonds, Leneé displays a deft touch and superb control of nuance and tone, and never allowing her playing to exhibit meaningless artifice or unnecessary pyrotechnics. The guest artists are used sparingly, but as one would expect, their talents contribute to the overall aesthetic of the album whenever they do appear on a song.

Whereas Red Diamonds focused on melodies glowing with soft shadings of romance, Revealed's sound tends to evoke a more pensive, somber mood on most tracks, making the album more reflective and even, perhaps, meditative. Leneé's playing style is not truly minimalist, but tends to be more sparse than some of her contemporaries. And boy, does she make every note count. The prevailing mood of introspection is immediately discerned on the opening "Undeniable" on which Leneé is joined by Oster who colors the tune with a soft glow of jazz/blues. "Finding Me Again" continues the reflective aspect of the first song, albeit with a slightly warmer melodic approach. Leneé's playing on this song flows nicely, as if a river wending its way through the countryside under a twilight's amber-shaded sky.

Before delving into a few more of the songs, it's important to quote some of the artist's liner notes, which go a long way to explain the overall tone and mood of Revealed. "Revealed is a musical dedication to empower YOU, the listener, in the darkest moments when pain, rejection, self-doubt and isolation weakens your spirit and leaves you the most vulnerable." You can understand, now, why the main thrust of the album is a musical portrait of self-exploration and a balancing act of somber melancholy as well as a show of subtle strength. "I Want to Get Closer" exemplifies this duality as the song traverses the opening somberness with a palpable climb to subtle drama, characterized by not just Leneé's piano but Tubbs' softly soaring sax playing. On "Over," Bisharat's violin embellishes the piano melody with just the right amount of tenderness without injecting any sense of the maudlin or faux sentimentality. "Run Away With Me" is a lighter, cheerier tune, with a slightly sped-up tempo (in comparison to most of the songs on the album). Oster's horn work adds just the right amount of something extra, an element of romance to fuse with Leneé's piano lead.

Throughout the entirety of Revealed, what stands out to me is the depth of feeling and sincerity of emotion that Leneé brings to the fore. This is the work of a mature artist, someone who is quite comfortable in opening her soul to the listener, pouring out her memories as notes on the keyboard. As the winter approaches (for us in the northern climes, at least), here is an album that almost begs to be listened to as the days grow shorter, the nights grow colder, and the outside world slowly goes to sleep. So, set a fire in the hearth, pour yourself a glass of wine, dim the lights, and indulge in the richness that is Revealed.

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Kathy Parsons

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"Revealed" is the eighth album from pianist/composer Gina Lenee’ and her second album produced by Will Ackerman and co-produced, engineered and mastered by Tom Eaton. The album features three original piano solos and eight ensemble works with some of the amazing artists who often appear on recordings from Ackerman’s Imaginary Road Studio. Those include Ackerman (acoustic guitar), Charlie Bisharat (violin), Eaton (electric bass), Eugene Friesen (cello), Jeff Haynes (percussion), Jeff Oster (flugelhorn) and Premik Russell Tubbs (electric wind synth and soprano sax). All but one of the pieces on the album are original compositions, and the one cover is a gorgeous and heartfelt arrangement of “On the Wings of Love” performed as a piano and sax duet with Tubbs. The whole album is very smooth yet deeply emotional and expressive, and I’ll be surprised if "Revealed" isn’t nominated for a whole slew of awards!

It is interesting and inspiring to note that Gina’s primarily motivation for her music is to make the world a better place. The liner notes include a panel devoted to words of encouragement for listeners to believe in themselves, to take charge of their lives and to love and be compassionate with themselves. Quoting Gina: “…I love when I can combine my music along with raising awareness and funds for organizations that deserve a voice. It's important for my music to extend beyond entertainment. I appreciate opportunities to work with other musicians who also want to make an impact, from inspiring young people to pursue their musical dreams, to spreading a message of unity through the international language of music.”

"Revealed" begins with “Undeniable,” a haunting and graceful duet with Jeff Oster. Strings are added in the second half of the piece, enriching the sound even more. “Finding Me Again” is the first of the two piano solos and seems to flow straight from the heart with hope and optimism - a favorite! The hypnotic “I Want To Get Closer” is primarily a piano piece with guitar, sax and percussion adding texture and tonal colors. The soft and dreamy “Run Away With Me” includes Oster and Ackerman who provide a beautiful counterpoint to the expressive, flowing piano - another favorite. I’ve always really liked Jeffrey Osborne’s “On the Wings of Love” (1982), but Gina and Premik take it soaring to new heights with their piano and sax duet. The title track is my favorite piece on the album. Darker and more intense than some of the other tracks, there is an air of mystery as well as the expression of very deep emotion. Cello and piano together always tug at the heartstrings, and this piece is no exception. “Even If I Have To Stand Alone” is the second piano solo and seems to be something of an instrumental soliloquy with the artist speaking her truth. “Are You Still Dancing With Shadows” is an exquisite piano and violin duet with Charlie Bisharat, always one of my favorites! The third piano solo is “Between What’s Lost and Found,” which seems to express reflection and soul-searching at the piano. I’m intrigued by the title for “To My Younger Self.” What would you tell yourself if you could go back in time? The piano and cello seem to offer encouragement, compassion and clear-eyed wisdom - a heartfelt closing to a beautiful album!
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Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck

Your True Self Will Be Revealed!
Gina Lenee’s recent release Revealed is a collection of eleven contemporary instrumental tracks. The new age in her music are the messages inside the CD sleeve. The words of inspiration and self-validation are a significant part of what she offers a listener.

Gina Lenee’s recent release Revealed is a collection of eleven contemporary instrumental tracks. The new age in her music is the messages inside the CD sleeve. The words of inspiration and self-validation are a significant part of what she offers a listener.

You do not have to be a fan of this type of music to get something of value from it if you are then that is the cherry on top of the ice cream. I enjoy this type of music immensely and sometimes wonder if I will run out of words to say with the instrumental albums, but alas, I am inspired, energized, and cleansed emotionally and spiritually with this music.

Your true self will be Revealed if you allow this recording to settle into your consciousness and permeate your very being. It goes deep but we all do when it comes to our feelings, beliefs, and how we feel about ourselves. So, the idea here is to empower you to be true to yourself, listen to the music, relax and become one with the textures, colors, and vibrations of all these beautiful tracks. The artistry of the sounds can be a blank canvas that you can paint for yourself.

The extraordinary team at Imaginary Road Studios with Will Ackerman (acoustic guitar), Tom Eaton (electric bass), Charlie Bisharat (violin), Eugene Friesen (cello), Jeff Haynes (percussion), Jeff Oster (flugelhorn) and Premik Russell Tubbs (electric wind synthesizer, soprano sax), help Gina create a masterpiece of instrumental bliss and wonderment. The quality of the tracks from a production standpoint is outstanding and it goes without saying how on point all of the musicians are. Gina’s piano is the core from which everything grows and melds into one amazing track after another.

Once “On The Wings of Love” (added to my Spotify Playlist) started I found immediate recognition from the past. Jeffrey Osborne’s 1982 hit was hard to forget and so is the melody. It was nice to hear that song at the mid-way point of this album. I normally do not hear any covers on these types of releases but it was a welcome addition and a nice transition. Right after that the main focus and sound of the album returns, which is important to maintain that consistency and stay with the original thoughts and meanings.

I will end with this quote from Tom Eaton that says it all! He not only played bass but was the co-producer with Will Ackerman and the engineer for the recording.

“An emotional masterpiece. Each song dives deeply into its own world fully showing the range and passion of a unique artist.”

Keith “MuzikMan” Hannaleck
November 6, 2019

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