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John Erickson | Contemplation

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by John Erickson

Solo piano and piano/bass duets in a gentle jazz or freeform new age vein.
Genre: Jazz: Piano Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Santa Ynez
6:09 album only
2. Joy's Tune
2:11 album only
3. She's Gone to the Desert
5:02 album only
4. Keep Me In Your Heart
4:59 album only
5. A Song for Sarah
3:35 album only
6. Leann Adrift
3:57 album only
7. The Warmth of Mt. Miguel
5:29 album only
8. Fool Takes A Fall/Contemplation
8:24 album only
9. Keeping You Safe
4:04 album only
10. The Universe and Dave
3:42 album only


Album Notes

"Subtle, sensitive piano in a gentle jazz or freeform new age vein. Comparisons to Keith Jarrett's more mellow moments would not be out of place. Gorgeously recorded, too--this one is going straight into my short stack of late-night relaxation CDs."
--Jim Aikin, KEYBOARD Magazine

"...a sort of piano feng shui in which glassy, amorphous tone poems probe shadowy themes with astute harmony, counterpoint, and balance."
--San Diego Reader

Originally from California, pianist John Erickson now resides in Chicago where he is active in the city's jazz scene. Main musical influences include Bill Evans, Lyle Mays, Pat Metheny, Yellowjackets, Keith Jarrett, George Winston, and Bruce Hornsby.

John's Astarte Records debut CD, "Contemplation" is a moving set of original instrumental compositions combining the ambiance and melodic sensibilities of new age and pop music with the harmonic richness and improvisation of jazz. The album features John on solo piano and four piano/bass duets with STEVE RODBY, acclaimed bassist with the PAT METHENY GROUP.

"And So On", John's second album was released in November of 2003.



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Eric Whittenburg

the most beautiful melody i've ever heard
If I had to sum up this album quickly, I would simply say that the first cut, "Santa Ynez," has one of the most beautiful melodies that I have ever heard. The CD is a perfect gentle portrait of someone who is at peace.

Christine Lynam

This is a great album to listen to after a long day of stress. Treat yourself to an evening at home, sit back with Contemplation and rediscover how nice life is.

Steve Schenkel

Poetry in music
John Erickson is a poet, a master of melody. He plays with a beautiful touch, and he writes exquisite miniatures that reach the listener in the quietest places of the heart. Don't miss this one.

Dale Heidebrecht

Contemplation is Wonderful
Contemplation kept me relaxed and entertained from the moment I put it in the player. Many of the pieces are so memorable I find myself humming them hours after the CD has finished. If you enjoy music, you will enjoy Contemplation.