Jason Boyd | Storyteller

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by Jason Boyd

Beautiful, relaxing solo piano music
Genre: Classical: Piano solo
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Storyteller
3:14 $0.99
2. New Horizon
4:08 $0.99
3. Evening Waltz
1:45 $0.99
4. One Fine Day
2:06 $0.99
5. Reflections
2:23 $0.99
6. Echoes of Time
3:08 $0.99
7. The Promise
3:06 $0.99
8. Distant Star
3:12 $0.99
9. Forgotton Dream
4:01 $0.99
10. Evening Waltz (reprise)
1:05 $0.99
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Album Notes
Very often the most beautiful things in life are the most simple. The aim of this album is to simply let the piano speak in a clear, concise but most importantly beautiful manner. In this way the piano can become The Storyteller.



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Kathy Parsons

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"Storyteller" is the newest release from British pianist/composer Jason Boyd. Born in 1979 in East Sussex UK, Boyd developed a love for music at a very early age, learning to play the guitar and then piano. After completing his studies at Sussex University and The Guildhall School of Music and Drama he started teaching piano and keyboard privately, later accepting the post of Head of Music and Music Technology at Bexhill College. Boyd was also a semi-finalist in 2010’s UK songwriting competition.

"Storyteller"’s subtitle is “Beauty through simplicity,” and the liner notes state, “The aim of this album is to simply let the piano ‘speak’ in a clear, concise but most importantly, beautiful manner.” Several of the ten tracks on this album are really compelling, while a few are a bit too repetitious for these ears. Still, the really strong tracks are excellent and promise great things from this young composer.

"Storyteller" begins with the title track, a lovely piece that doesn’t quite have a melody, but follows a pattern of chord progressions that create a quiet, hypnotic atmosphere. “New Horizon” would probably be extremely effective with visuals, but to intently listen to it gets too repetitive for me. “Evening Waltz” has a bittersweet and graceful melody set to a simple waltz rhythm. Very classical in style, I really like this one! My favorite track is “Echoes of Time.” In fact, I LOVE this piece! It begins in the deep bass of the piano, very dark and mysterious. A second, more rhythmic theme enters, and then gives way to a ballad style that tells a tale that isn’t so dark. The themes alternate, contrasting with each other and conveying their stories. It’s extremely effective and emotionally charged! “The Promise” is very simply told, coming straight from the heart. Very spare yet full of expression, I really like this one, too! “Distant Star” has an infectious energy that propels it into vast open space - another winner! Also a favorite is “Forgotten Dream,” a piece with a gently flowing pace that intertwines several themes into a “dreamy” whole. The final track is a reprise of “Evening Waltz,” a little shorter this time, but just as beautiful as the first take.

I predict that Jason Boyd is an artist we’ll be hearing a lot from. Check it out!


Jason Boyd is unsigned. You probably won't find his name on any music review site and as far as I know he doesn't really play in public(?). There are things under damp logs which are more famous. How do I know about him? He's my A-level music technology teacher. Even then, he never mentioned this album in class; I found out from the college bulletin under the tag-line: "Ideal for winding down after a hard day at work". That slogan should be left for bath salts and scented candles alone and it doesn't do 'Storyteller' any justice. Basically, Jason's (yes, I can call him Jason) manifesto is to keep it simple. The "Beauty Through Simplicity" quote on the front sums it up rather nicely. These are nine solo piano pieces which are as stimulating as they are simple. Each is like a different painting, evoking unusually strong imagery. 'Reflections' is a growing deluge of rain on a smooth river; 'Echoes of Time' is like falling asleep slumped against the wall of a house you used to live in, while 'Distant Star' is like slowly drifting out of orbit while the sun expands and engulfs the planet. I'd almost say that he'd be brilliant at writing film scores, but the film is already here and while I'm not an expert on solo piano albums (I only own three others), very few records in my collection house imagery as vivid as this one. The pieces are also surprisingly distinct, and the more you hear them, the more individual they sound.

Though I wasn't entirely sure at first, I have really warmed to this album and you may be thinking I'm biased since he's my teacher, or ill-informed since I don't own Keith Jarrett's back catalogue, but the fact is 'Storyteller' achieves exactly what it set out to do: beauty through simplicity. Technical complexity is not an issue; it's atmosphere and strength of composition that matters here and this has got it in spades. And before you ask, no, I'm not giving this a positive review because my coursework is looking a little dog-eared; this is what I think - and I like it. A lot.