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Still

by Jesse Brown

A warm and close mic'd solo upright piano recording with tons of character and a calm, cool vibe.
Genre: New Age: Solo Instrumental
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1. Adrift
1:20 $0.99
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2. Floating
2:02 $0.99
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3. Dream
2:56 $0.99
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4. Stars
3:09 $0.99
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5. Looking Back
3:44 $0.99
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Album Notes
'Still', Jesse Brown's fourth release of solo piano music is similar in character to his 'Trilogy' recording where his mic technique involves an extremely close mic positioning to give you the feeling of sitting right beside him as he plays. The piano used is a rather small upright piano with the practice pedal engaged resulting in some unpredictable note releases and key clicks. Recorded in a quaint room with hardwood floors, the album opens up with "Adrift" - what was simply a warm up for recording 'Looking Back" that ended up just being too sweet to toss in the virtual trash serves as an hors d'oeuvres for the rest of this musical offering. "Floating" displays Brown's creativity at it's finest as he zigs and zags through pitch and time like a disgruntled butterfly, and "Dream" gently brings back the peace. "Stars" chimes in on track 4 with a very melodic waltz and a dreamy bridge section, and "Looking Back" finishes the recording nicely with a subtle gospel flavour and a familiar melody and groove to the EP's opening.

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Kathy Parsons

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"Still" is Canadian pianist/composer Jesse Brown’s fourth solo piano release and his second EP this year. As he did on his previous album, "Trilogy," Brown placed the mic very close to the piano to create the feeling of sitting next to him as he plays. That technique also adds a very distinctive and intimate character to the music. For this recording, Brown played a small upright piano and kept the practice (soft) pedal engaged, producing some unexpected sounds from the piano. He recorded in a small room with hardwood flooring, which gives the music a very “live” and resonant sound. I thought he might have added some synth strings in places, but those sounds must be the vibration of the piano strings. Fascinating!

"Still" begins with “Adrift,” a short piece originally intended to be a warm up exercise before recording the other pieces, but became a gospel-tinged nugget in its own right. I love “Floating,” a lively, mysterious piece that would be excellent in a film score. The rolling chords on the left hand set an energetic tone of consistency while the right hand is much freer and more expressive - a great piece that I hope finds its way into sheet music! “Dream” is very light and delicate, played mostly in the upper half of the piano keyboard. “Stars” is a sweet and gentle waltz that suggests the innocence of a child as well as the magical beauty of a clear night sky. I really like this one, too! “Looking Back” has a bluesy, gospel flavor that works really well on this piano. There is a strong enough melody to add lyrics in a country/rock style, but it’s more fun to imagine what those words might be!

Jesse Brown is rapidly becoming one of my favorite pianist/composers, so be sure to check out "Still" and his other recordings. Highly recommended!
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