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Piano Jazz My Way

by John Paris

Jazzy piano solos to take the listener on a journey
Genre: Jazz: Contemporary Jazz
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1. Amazing Grace
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2. Gone Too Soon
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3. In the Olden Days
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4. The Game
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5. Guiding Star
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6. Soul's Yearning
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7. Sierra Spring
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8. Bayside Bounce
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9. Cliffhanger
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10. Soul Dance
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11. Questions
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12. Struttin'
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13. Z Bop
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14. Late Night
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
This album showcases the technique and original song writing of award winning composerJohn Paris. John has performed at prestigious Carnegie Hall and has performed onstage with The Moody Blues, Bob Newhart and many other celebrities..

The emotions on the album range from full out joy to introspection and take the listener on a journey into ones own inner worlds.The tempos range form mid-tempo to very upbeat to ballad tempo.

The styles range from traditional to smooth Jazz and Latin Jazz. Some songs are reminiscent of Oscar Peterson, some of Chick Corea and some of Bill Evans.

All songs are from the heart.
Enjoy the music and make it part of your day to uplift and energize you.

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Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"Piano Jazz My Way" is the latest award-winning album from jazz master John Paris. Paris has spent most of his life playing and performing jazz piano and has a jaw-dropping command of the 88’s. I’ve been fortunate to have Paris become a regular in my house concert series, and the first thing I noticed about his live playing is how he truly becomes one with the instrument whether he is playing a sultry ballad or a rollicking boogie-woogie. After getting his musical start in Scranton, PA, Paris toured the country as leader, composer, and arranger of his show-band, Atlantis, which was based in Las Vegas. Paris now makes his home in Northern California and teaches music in the public school system, totally debunking the adage that “those who can, do, and those who can’t, teach” - he does both amazingly well!

"Piano Jazz My Way" is a collection of thirteen original piano solos and one original arrangement. The styles range from elegant ballads to up-tempo swing and stride, clearly demonstrating Paris’ versatility. Some of the harmonies are complex and sophisticated yet the music always remains very accessible and expressive. On some of Paris’ earlier recordings, the piano sound wasn’t always the best, but it is excellent on this album.

"Piano Jazz My Way" begins with an unusual jazz arrangement of “Amazing Grace.” Keeping the melody in the forefront, Paris imbues the song with joy as well as thoughtful reflection. Some of the passages are improvised, but the melody never gets lost - a great opening! “Gone Too Soon” is a quiet tribute to someone dear - melancholy yet healing. As the title implies, “In the Olden Days” is nostalgic but tells its story with a contemporary voice - sometimes slow and reflective, sometimes lively and upbeat. The complex and infectious rhythms and sense of fun in “The Game” make it one of my favorites. Despite the rapid runs all over the piano keyboard, “Guiding Star” has an easy, relaxed feeling. “Soul’s Yearning” is another favorite and makes me think of someone alone at the piano late in the night, playing from the depths of his (or her) soul - stirring and evocative! “Sierra Spring” starts out sounding like a piece from the Baroque era, but the jazz chords give it away. With fingers lightly dancing on the keyboard, this piece expresses joy and happiness in a way that only a pianist of the highest degree can do. By far the longest piece on the album at almost 8 1/2 minutes, “Questions” goes deep within, exploring, questioning, looking for answers that may or not exist. It’s a gorgeous piece and possibly the most personal one in the collection. I’m a real sucker for pieces like “Struttin’.” Playful and joyous, it makes me smile every time I hear it - my favorite track! “Late Night,” a dark, soulful and incredibly beautiful piece, brings this wonderful album to a quiet close.

If you are not yet familiar with John Paris, be sure to check out "Piano Jazz My Way." I think you’ll see why he has become one of my favorite pianist/composers! Very highly recommended!
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Michael Diamond (www.michaeldiamondmusic.com)

Review excerpt from Music and Media Focus
From performing with the Minneapolis Symphony to sharing the stage with The Moody Blues, and much more, pianist and composer John Paris has had an impressive and diverse career that spans four decades. While his earlier albums certainly reflected his jazz influence, here he has produced a recording that fully lets his inner jazz cat out of the bag. John is an absolute monster in this genre of music, and I mean that in the most complimentary way.

The album opens with its only non-original composition… the much-loved iconic hymn “Amazing Grace.” As he shares: “Amazing Grace is a song I've always loved but have always heard it done in a very subdued style. To me it's a joyful recognition of salvation and a celebration of our divinity.” John’s rendition definitely puts the “amazing” in “Amazing Grace.” His jazz phrasing, chord substitutions, and technical virtuosity are absolutely mind-blowing. This is a masterful arrangement that must be heard to be believed. John certainly knows how to “open a show.”

One aspect in general that I admire about John’s playing and arranging is the way he is able to move so seamlessly within a song from slow and simmering one moment to absolutely incendiary the next. A track called “In The Olden Days,” is a perfect example of this, which according to John, “is a tribute to the time I grew up in where swing was king.” A composition called “Soul Dance” pays homage to Chick Corea, who is also one of my all-time favorite jazz pianists so I particularly enjoyed this inspired tribute to him. A jaunty piece called “Struttin,” draws inspiration from the time John spent as a musician in New Orleans in the ‘70’s.

While some of John’s albums are classified in the new age category, his roots are definitely old-school, and I loved hearing them on display in this exceptional collection of original compositions. I cannot speak highly enough about the degree of virtuosity in John’s playing, and the many jaw-dropping moments experienced while listening to this album. I’m sure people who attended John’s recent concert at Carnegie Hall where he was awarded the “Best Jazz Album of the Year” by Enlightened Piano Radio will agree.

To read a full-length feature article on this album, as well as others, please visit www.MichaelDiamondMusic.com
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