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A Place Called Home

by Jeff Smith

Combine the sensitive sounds of George Winston with the technical ability of Van Clyburn and you may get close to the beautiful piano artistry of Jeff Smith. This Album marks the return of one of today's most gifted pianists & composers.
Genre: New Age: Solo Instrumental
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1. A Place Called Home
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2. Winter Rain
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3. A Day in the Life of a Wood
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4. With Open Hands
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5. Spirit Dance
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6. Simple Things
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7. The Unanswered Question
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8. Wonder
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9. Hymn for Tracy
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10. Daydreams
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11. Searching for Peace
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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The album "A Place Called Home" marks the musical return of one of today's most gifted pianists and composers.

Heralded as a prodigy, Jeff Smith began composing and playing the piano at age two and performing publically at age eight. Jeff has performed on radio and television and throughout the U.S. and Europe. Highlights of his performing career include an orchestral debut in Philadelphia at age 13 and a European tour at age 16. His many performances include those at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia, The Brooklyn Conservatory of Music in New York City, and the Beethovenhaus in Bonn, Germany. Jeff holds a Masters degree and Doctoral studies from the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, Maryland.

In recent years Jeff's performance style has focused primarily on original Classical/New Age and Contemporary piano music. Active as a composer as well as recitalist, Jeff has composed works for television, radio, and film. Works include instrumental music written and recorded for the Madacy Music Group which has been included on over 25 CDs, including compact discs for Thomas Kinkade and others. Eleven of Jeff's songs were awarded the honor of being included in Madacy's "Top 20 - Best of Relaxation" album and numerous pieces have been in the EZ- Tracks.com top 10 Nature Songs for well over 5 years. Jeff has also composed music for the television shows "As the World Turns" and "Guiding Light" as part of the Grammy Award winning "Radio Theater Group".

Jeff's most recent album, "A Place Called Home" represents a return to his greatest musical love: composing at the piano. Inspired by David Nevue and the "Whisperings" collective of pianists, Jeff set out to compose his first ever solo piano album. Jeff writes: "My desire was to allow God to create through me a collection of pieces that would capture the longing of every heart for a place of peace and rest". Listeners all agree, "A Place Called Home" does just that.

Selections from the album can be heard on Whisperings: Solo Piano Radio as part of the Whisperings Collective of pianists. The collective includes today's best pianists and has attracted well over one million listeners each month.

More information about Jeff, his music and performances can be found on his website at www.jeffsmithpiano.com

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Kathy Parsons

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"A Place Called Home" is pianist/composer Jeff Smith’s first solo piano album, and what a beauty! It’s easy to hear why it has been nominated for the “2010 Whisperings Solo Piano Radio Album of the Year” award. Amazingly, Smith began composing and playing the piano at the age of two and started performing publicly at the age of eight. He made his orchestral debut at twelve, performing the Grieg Piano Concerto, and toured Europe as the featured soloist in the Beethoven Chorale Fantasia at sixteen. Smith has a Masters degree and Doctoral studies from the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Maryland, and has composed music for television, radio, and film. Inspired by David Nevue and the Whisperings group, Smith recently decided to compose his first solo piano album. He says of the album, "My desire was to allow God to create through me a collection of pieces that would capture the longing of every heart for a place of peace and rest." While Smith’s classical roots are apparent, his music is very contemporary and accessible, and his playing chops are superb. His debut album is as impressive as it is heartwarming, and Smith brings a very welcome new voice to the solo piano genre.

The album begins with the title track, a gentle piece that conveys feelings of nostalgia and longing. “Winter Rain” is very lively and dynamic, illustrating the intensity of a sudden heavy rainfall and the way big raindrops seem to dance on any surface they land on. I really like “With Open Hands.” Quiet but deeply emotional, I love the subtle touches and beautiful expressiveness of this piece. “Spirit Dance” picks up the tempo a bit as it evolves into swirls and leaps of notes dancing all over the piano. As its title implies, “Simple Things” has a very uncomplicated melody that is sincere, warm, and meaningful. My favorite track is “Wonder.” Intensely passionate, it clearly demonstrates Smith’s powerful technique as well as the depth of emotion within his own soul - an amazing piece! “Daydreams” is very fluid, constantly changing from one thought or daydream to the next - speeding up, slowing down, and pausing here and there. Charming! The closing piece is the elegant and heartfelt “Searching For Peace” - another favorite. It begins slowly, establishing the theme, and then adds variations that become faster and more complex as the piece evolves. It’s an expressive tour de force, and a spectacular finish.

Jeff Smith is off to a fantastic start with "A Place Called Home"! Recommended!
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