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The Key Of Love

by J.A.Gille

Fusion Classical - Old and new at the same time, lyrical in the classic style, with contemporary phrasing.
Genre: Classical: Contemporary
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1. Dawns Clouds
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2. A New Day
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3. Storm Approaches
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4. Blue Waters
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5. ~Passion~
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6. Do You Hear Me
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7. Isle By the Sea
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8. Exposition
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9. Twilight
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10. Closure
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11. The Key of Love
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
What style is this? I call it "Fusion Classical". For me, it represents the music that I always wanted to hear, but could never quite find. So I created it. And now its on one CD. Somehow I managed to transverse and invoke Rachmaninoff, Liszt, Gershwin, and in a really fun way, Brubeck. Two of them had to be looking over my shoulder (go ahead and guess). In any case, the music is not derivative, occupying its own sublime, and lyrical space.

How long did it take? - Forty years of playing the piano, ten thousand hours on the keys, result: forty eight minutes, twenty seconds of music. All the melodies are my compositions, performed by me in one three hour session at Firehouse Recording Studios, Pasadena, California, in late May, 2006.

The Piano is a Boesendorfer Model 225, 6'2" long, 923 lbs. and 92 keys - yes it has the additional 4 sub-bass "black keys" reaching down to bottom "F". Although I didn't use them, the soundboard is sized to accomodate, and it gives this noblest of instruments a rather unique timbre and resonant depth.

We had four mikes running - two in the piano, and two outboard, about five feet away to give some room ambiance. Everything was recorded digitally, and mixed down using ProTools. The final cuts are a composite of about 90% piano, and 10% room. There is just the merest hint of delay that was later added to emulate a larger space - rather cathedral like.

Other than that, what you hear is 100% real-time analog music, complete with the bench creaking probably five times, and there's also one knuckle crack (catch it if you can).

You can hear the felts coming off the strings, and the thump of the sustain pedal. Its all there. Just like sticking your head in the piano.

The melodies - well, draw your own conclusions. As I've learned, there are notes, but more importantly, there's the space between the notes, the sweetness of touch, lingering, the sustain, the breath that I let it take, ringing, smoothly, and hauntingly....this is what lingers in the soul, and lives within you.

Several songs are older standards that I've worked on for years. Others I wrote just this spring. Two improvisations ~Passion~, and "Exposition", I played for the first and last time in the studio - so its exceptionally sweet that they are now preserved. No matter how many times I've listened to them since, there always seems to be something new to hear.

The reason it all exists? - The title song: "The Key of Love". I wrote it this year, and just had to capture it. Thus I was led to the studio, (through a very interesting chain of events) and into the extremely capable hands of my sound engineer, Ed Wooley.

We got it all....

Regards

Jeff

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Dee

Wow.
I'll be listening to this one a lot. Usually I equate the more complex music I like with more than one instrument playing, but this satisfies on all levels, with just one instrument. Amazing.
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Susan C. Gille

Haunting themes.
Like every good thing in life, it satisfies on multiple levels and you want more. Complex with haunting themes that linger and tease.
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herb

mesmerizing and soothing
It's been a while since university and the music classes... but beyond (or below) the terminology and language of music, there is feeling. My feeling is peace, calm, nirvana, what-have-you. Softly... boisterously... giddily... sadly.
A rare treat and a CD to explore and grow with... the CD and the Self.
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Lara

Burns with the essence of creative genius.
Burns with the essence of creative genius, a clean and inspired piano masterpiece. Unhurried, sweeping, touches your emotions. A delight to experience.
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