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Journey Of Soul

by John Paris

Piano solos for the discriminating listener. Music to stimulate the mind and soothe the soul.Beautiful solo new age piano music with substance. Enjoy.
Genre: New Age: New Age
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Journey of Soul
4:25 $0.99
2. Soul Searchin'
3:51 $0.99
3. Love Is All
4:23 $0.99
4. Mist of Time
3:08 $0.99
5. Tranquility
3:00 $0.99
6. Simple Ways
3:26 $0.99
7. Deep in My Heart
3:37 $0.99
8. Stillness
3:46 $0.99
9. Find the Way
4:25 $0.99
10. City of Gold
2:38 $0.99
11. Star Voyage
3:44 $0.99
12. Run to the Light
5:02 $0.99
13. Jazzy Dream
5:27 $0.99
14. With a Heart of Hope
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Album Notes
After 40 years of playing alongside renowned entertainers including Bobby Vinton, Eddy Arnold, the Moody Blues and Bob Newhart, smooth jazz/new age pianist John Paris has released his solo debut cd Journey of Soul. The album, comprised entirely of original material, reveals an artist who is an adept composer as well as a masterful musician.

Journey of Soul takes the discriminating listener and spiritual seeker through an odyssey of moods and emotions that are often powerful and uplifting, and occasionally light and humorous. While instrumental albums frequently highlight a single theme, Paris' music is dynamic, leading the listener through a full spectrum of feelings. Paris explains, "The music has to have development and go somewhere, not just repeat the same motives

Paris draws upon 40 years as an entertainer for the polished debut album. He has studied with Byron Peterson (student of Nadia Boulanger), Dennis Sandoli (who has taught John Coltrane and the Brecker Brothers), and Frank Leone (conductor for Red Skelton and Engelbert Humperdink.) As a member of the house band at the Harrah's Casino in Atlantic City, he played alongside many of the casino's headliners. He has performed with the Minneapolis Symphony and has appeared on the Merv Griffin Show, and the Jerry Lewis Telethon.

After decades spent developing himself as an engaging entertainer, John Paris takes his focus inward on Journey of Soul. Many of the melodies were improvised or came to Paris in a stream of consciousness, which in itself was a journey for the pianist. "I believe that music is a part of the divine sound current which sustains all life," says Paris.

Fans of Journey of Soul have praised the music for its brilliance and its restorative qualities. "The CD is filled with really touching music. The collection and format allows the listener to be taken away on a truly soulful journey. Thanks, John," writes reviewer Denise McIntyre on cdbaby.com. On Smother.net, reviewer J-Sin writes, "John Paris is an instrumental artist whose special play of the piano creates an atmosphere that many musicians hope to accomplish just once in their career."

Paris expects to release two follow-up albums in 2005: Reflections, and Joy of Soul

Journey of Soul is not recorded on cd-r's.

For more information, please visit:
Contact: John Paris, 530-680-7750
Email: info@johnparismusic.com



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Michael Diamond (www.michaeldiamondmusic.com)

Reveiew excerpt from Music and Media Focus
Pianist John Paris recorded and released his debut solo piano album “Journey of Soul” close to10 years ago but some things about it just never felt right to him. So now, nearly a decade later, he decided that he needed to rectify that, so he went back and re-mastered and re-released the album. It is obvious to me that this music is the work of a composer with a rich background in a variety of genres. Elements of neo-classical, jazz, pop, and more reveal themselves in John’s lush elegant arrangements. Listeners who enjoy the solo piano artistry of Keith Jarrett, Liz Story, or Jim Brickman will find similar resonance in the music of John Paris.

On a track called “Soul Searchin’” the steady rhythm of John’s left hand ostinato symbolizes the Soul’s relentless quest for divine love, while also nicely balanced by moments of quiet reflection. John has a wonderful sense of dynamic and can explore diverse musical terrain within the borders of a single composition. In contrast to some of the mellower music that preceded it, “Mist of Time” takes off as an up-tempo jaunt that is punctuated by more introspective passages. Drawing from a completely different inspiration is a track called “Simple Ways,” that is John’s “ode to the 50’s.” With its’ 12/8 triplet feel, it echoes a sound often played behind 50’s rock and pop ballads. Another track that relates to a particular time period (and artist) is “Find The Way,” which was inspired by cool and unusual chord structures used by Stevie Wonder in his “Sunshine Of My Life” period in the early 70’s. While Stevie has received ultimate accolades for his danceable grooves and inspired lyrics, it takes an astute musician like John Paris to tune into these intricate chordal voicings, and emulate them while adding his own musical persona. Very impressive! I’m glad that he felt inspired to breathe new life into this music and upgrade its sound quality to the level that it deserves.

To read a full length review of this CD, as well as others, please visit: www.michaeldiamondmusic.com


Wonderful! Awesome! Excellent! This CD rounded out my Christmas list and will fulfill my Valentine's gife giving as well. You must buy this one!! Also let me mention, that I have a CD at work and one in the car.

roland bowmanw

Magestic from beggining to end
Magestic from beggining to end. Renewed my faith in creativity in these stressful times. Pure pleasure music!

Denise McIntyre

Excellent Artist, I could feel the spirit in his playing
This cd is filled with really touching music. The collection and format allows the listner to be carried on a truly soulful journey. Thanks John

Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"Journey of the Soul" is the newly-remastered 2004 debut CD by pianist/composer John Paris. A lifelong musician who has performed professionally for more than forty years, Paris calls his style a fusion of new age and jazz that is intended to “uplift the listener to a place of spiritual contemplation, tranquility and beauty in the improvisation style of Liz Story and Keith Jarrett.” (Quoted from Paris’ website.) Normally, I would think a fusion of jazz and new age would be something strongly resembling smooth jazz, but Paris’ music goes deeper than that and is sometimes a bit edgier. The fourteen tracks on this album present a very pleasant assortment of pieces that range from quiet and dreamy to more upbeat and rhythmic. Classical and pop influences can also be heard, demonstrating Paris’ versatility as both a composer and a performer. I haven’t heard the first version of this album, but the piano sound here is warm and clear with just the right amount of brightness, and Paris plays with the easy grace of someone who is the most at home with a piano at the end of his fingers.

"Journey of the Soul" begins with the title track, a gospel-tinged ballad with a melody strong enough to support lyrics. Warm and welcoming, it’s a lovely invitation to continue on the “journey.” “Soul Searchin’” has a rhythmic left hand in a repetitive pattern that propels the piece forward while the right hand is more thoughtful and unstructured - an impressive combination! “Love is All” is a beautiful song that is both tender and elegant, flowing from the heart. “Mist of Time” is playful and elusive, dancing freely all over the piano keyboard. As its title suggests, “Tranquility” is a peaceful breath of fresh air. “Simple Ways” is even more relaxed - a favorite. I love “Deep in My Heart,” a poignant and reflective bit of soul searching that comes from a place of sincerity and passion. “Star Voyage” exudes a sense of freedom and adventure. “Run To the Light” is light and joyful with a main theme that sounds like it is played with the right hand crossed over the left - a happy dance for the soul! “With a Heart of Hope” brings the album to a very gentle and reassuring close. Deep sigh....

If you missed "Journey of the Soul" the first time around, this is a wonderful addition to your collection! Recommended!!!

Melissa Cullin

Piano music just does it for me. It relaxes me and is spiritual and John covers it all with this CD.