Jeffrey Perino | It Goes Without Saying

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It Goes Without Saying

by Jeffrey Perino

Divergent and contemporary solo piano that moves from playful melodies to more pensive and reflective motifs. Original, romantic, and assessible.
Genre: New Age: Solo Instrumental
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Ashley's Song
5:43 $0.99
2. And What Did It Say?
2:15 $0.99
3. What I Wanted to Tell You
2:41 $0.99
4. And You Say to Yourself
3:22 $0.99
5. Where to Now?
3:22 $0.99
6. Lately It Seems
3:24 $0.99
7. We Couldn't Have Guessed
4:18 $0.99
8. Picking Up From Here
3:14 $0.99
9. It Speaks for Itself
2:41 $0.99
10. It's More Than That
3:49 $0.99
11. This, That, and the Other Thing
4:06 $0.99
12. What I'll Say When She Answers
2:28 $0.99
13. Is That Why You Called?
3:19 $0.99
14. By and Bye
2:39 $0.99
15. Ashley's Theme (Reprise With Chorus)
2:06 $0.99
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Album Notes
The beginnings of IT GOES WITHOUT SAYING were born 10 years ago.

I was in my mid-20s, just getting my foot into the business of medical advertising, when I decided to resume the music lessons I began as a child. After each workday in downtown Manhattan, I’d walk over to the Greenwich House School of Music, where they offered classical lessons and practice rooms. I was studying Mozart and Brahms and Chopin. I loved the Romantics. I’d practice on their baby grands during lunch hour and after work, and early mornings in my apartment before jumping on the PATH train to New York City.

One night after work while rooting through the classical music at Borders, a CD called NO WORDS by Jim Brickman caught my eye. Whereas Classical music often felt beyond my reach, Jim’s simple melodies engaged a different part of my brain. Perhaps I could compose. Ashley’s Song (track one) was written for my wife during our one-year engagement and was first shared on our wedding day. To this day, it remains her favorite.

One year passed and Ashley and I moved from Hoboken to Bedminster, New Jersey, planning for the arrival of our first child. Meanwhile, my career was taking shape. With the long hours and long commute, retreats to the piano were harder to come by. Writing time was replaced with family time. Compositions came together, but over longer stretches.

During the next few years, I expanded my musical tastes. New Age composers George Winston, David Lanz, Michael Jones, and Suzanne Ciani all left their marks in different ways. We bought a home and a refurbished upright piano. I continued to compose, finding time at the corners of life.

I now work in New Jersey, a stone’s throw from our present home. My wife and I are now parents of three. And yes, early mornings I’m still writing, giving shape to a second album… still sweeping the temple steps, still fanning the flame to keep the fire alive.



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Peg Houle

What a CD!
Jeffrey Perino's album is so reminiscint of George Winston, yet with his own sound. His command of the keys is completely relaxing and uplifting. What a first!

Kathy Parsons

Impressive Debut!
Jeffrey Perino’s debut album, “It Goes Without Saying,” is a collection of fifteen original piano solos that are very gentle and accessible. After resuming classical piano lessons as an adult, Perino discovered Jim Brickman’s music. Brickman’s simple melodies were much easier to grasp than classical music, and inspired Perino to start composing his own music. The pieces on this CD were composed over a ten-year period and reflect various life changes, major as well as everyday. The overall mood of the album is light and optimistic, although there are some more serious moments. In general, this album is very easy to “get” the first time you hear it, but the pieces are substantial enough to grow and expand with repeated listens. The song titles are a bit cryptic, allowing the listener to interpret what they mean and how they go with the music itself.

The CD begins and ends with “Ashley’s Song,” a piece composed during Perino’s one-year engagement to his wife. The piece was first shared on their wedding day and obviously has some very deep emotions running through it - a lovely piece. The ending reprise has voices added and is much shorter, so it’s not a duplication of the first track. “And You Say To Yourself” is an interesting piece with a repetitive left hand pattern at the beginning that gives it a slight sense of urgency. The middle section is more flowing, and then the first movement returns, a little lighter and more resolved. “Lately It Seems” is much more reflective, working something out at the piano - a favorite. I also like “We Couldn’t Have Guessed,” which is a bit more dramatic than some of the other pieces. It has several themes effectively interwoven and tied together with a repeated left hand pattern. “It’s More Than That” is more quietly introspective and very calming. My favorite track is “This, That, and The Other Thing.” Beginning with an effervescent theme reminiscent of Mozart or Haydn, the carefree mode shifts to a minor key in the middle and gets much darker and more dramatic. The closing theme is lighter, although not as bubbly as the first. “Is That Why You Called?” is melancholy and pensive. “By and Bye” kind of wraps things up and brings us to the closing version of “Ashley’s Song.”

“It Goes Without Saying” is an impressive debut, and we’ll hope Jeffrey Perino can get enough composing time to get a second album together in less than ten years!