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by Joe Heinemann

An exceptional contemporary piano talent from Will Ackerman's new generation of artists, Joe Heinemann presents a collection of evocative, introspective, and passionate original pieces, some with beautiful instrumental accompaniment.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Lenape
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2. Enduring Hope
4:26 $0.99
3. For Satie
3:52 $0.99
4. Sea Dream (Away)
4:06 $0.99
5. Sign of Spring
3:22 $0.99
6. Longing
3:12 $0.99
7. Solace
3:10 $0.99
8. My Song (Carried Along)
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9. Gratitude
2:50 $0.99
10. Golden Waves
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11. Late At Night
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Album Notes
I am grateful to have been so warmly received by Will Ackerman, Grammy Award Winning Producer and founder of Windham Hill Records. His involvement as producer was the catalyst to making a truly artistic record. It all took place at his magical Imaginary Road Studios in Vermont. Engineer Tom Eaton co-produced, mixed and mastered this album with the utmost skill and precision.

The Steinway B in the studio has incredible sound and resonance, a truly unique instrument. Playing this piano was a fantastic experience. It really brought my compositions to life.

I am joined on a few of these pieces by some extraordinary musicians. Eugene Friesen on Cello, Jill Haley on English Horn, Paul Kochanski on Bass, and Tom Eaton on Percussion. Their great instrumental voices create such a rich contemporary “chamber music" sound that greatly enhances this primarily solo piano recording.

I am so excited to be releasing this album, and to be sharing my heartfelt and honest music with you, the listener.


Joe Heinemann



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Reveiw excerpt from Music and Media Focus
Although Joe Heinemann has had a long and extensive professional career as a jazz and blues keyboardist, recording and sharing the stage with well-known artists such as Steve Miller, Bonnie Raitt, Robert Cray, Albert Collins, Charlie Musselwhite, and more, this album marks his emergence as a solo pianist playing his own music. The natural beauty of Imaginary Road Studios in rural Vermont, as well as the expertise of Grammy winning producer and Windham Hill Records founder Will Ackerman, and the well-trained ear and advice of highly regarded engineer and producer Tom Eaton who works with Will, provided the perfect creative environment for Joe in charting this new musical direction.

The first thing that struck me about the opening track, entitled “Lenape,” was the spaciousness of Joe’s simple piano arpeggios and the sparse, yet perfectly tasteful accompaniment of Paul Winter Consort cellist, Eugene Friesen. For Joe, this is a huge switch from the more intricate jazz he was used to playing. There is no mistaking the source of inspiration on a solo piano piece entitled “For Satie.” Joe’s elegant and understated composition is a fitting homage to this well-known eccentric French composer. From there the musical tide flows into a more up-tempo ensemble piece called “Sea Dream – Away” that includes cellist Eugene Friesen, Jill Haley on English horn, bassist Paul Kochanski, and the wondrously multi-talented Tom Eaton on hand percussion. It’s a beautifully arranged and appropriately dreamy composition, and it was interesting to hear Joe in a larger context as a contrast to his solo pieces.

I must, once again, remark on the spaciousness, melodic simplicity, and contemplative quality of many of the compositions, especially the solo pieces. It’s not what I expected from someone coming from such an extensive jazz and blues background but I loved every minute of it. Although the terms “composition” and “improvisation” may seem contradictory, Joe has combined them to create a stunning body of work that draws from the best of both of them. I am greatly impressed by the expressive and evocative music on “Gratitude.”

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Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
To say that "Gratitude" is pianist/composer Joe Heinemann’s debut piano album isn’t quite accurate. Recorded at Imaginary Road Studio and co-produced by Will Ackerman, Tom Eaton, and Heinemann, eight of the eleven original tracks are solo and three feature outstanding musicians who often lend their talents to Ackerman’s productions: Eugene Friesen (cello), Jill Haley (English horn), Paul Kochanski (bass), and Tom Eaton (hand percussion).

Joe Heinemann started playing the piano at the age of 7 and continued his studies until he was 20. His professional playing career began at the age of 13 in Portland, OR and it was around this time that he felt himself drawn to jazz. After completing his formal studies, Heinemann turned his attention to jazz and dance music. He also freelanced playing piano and keyboards with an assortment of bands until he was 45. He lived in Amsterdam for two years in the mid-1980s, playing locally and touring Europe - his most intensely-focused jazz-playing period. When he returned to the US, Heinemann launched a career as a jazz and blues keyboardist in Portland and San Francisco, recording and performing with many of the greats. He also formed and fronted his own group and released six recordings under his name. In 2001, Heinemann realized that something was missing, so he started teaching piano privately in the Bay Area while writing and developing his own repertoire. In 2012, he and his wife moved to New York City where he found himself wanting to play his own compositions on good pianos and for audiences who appreciate his music. During this time, Heinemann reached out to Will Ackerman, and the result is this wonderful album of piano music.

As would be expected of an artist with such a varied and in-depth life in music, Heinemann’s playing seems almost effortless in its ability to communicate ideas and emotions. Something that many young piano students have a hard time grasping is that it takes this kind of dedication and emersion in music to develop a distinctive voice and the chops to be able to express anything they want. (Oops - there’s that piano teacher in me again!)

"Gratitude" opens with “Lenape,” a gentle piece that begins as a piano solo and later incorporates multiple cello parts played by Friesen. The graceful ease of Heinemann’s touch on the piano keys grabs the attention immediately, letting the listener know that this album is something special. “Enduring Hope” is a tenderly optimistic solo that entrances as it soothes. Erik Satie was a French Impressionist composer who has had a strong influence on piano music for the past century or so. “For Satie” pays tribute to him and is a favorite! “Sea Dream - Away” is a gently rhythmic and flowing ensemble piece for all five musicians. The dreamy and poignant “Longing” is another favorite. Warmth and contentment flow throughout “My Song - Carried Along,” performed by the full ensemble. The closing “Late At Night” is very open and spare, expressing feelings of peacefulness, stillness, and calm.

What a great album! Joe Heinemann has certainly found his niche, and teaming up with Ackerman and Eaton was the right move. This is quiet, thoughtful piano music that would be lovely in the background, but has so much more to offer the listener who focuses on the music and savors every nuance. Very highly recommended!