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Kathleen Ryan | Drivin’!

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Classical: Piano solo Blues: Piano Blues Moods: Mood: Upbeat
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by Kathleen Ryan

High spirited, bluesy, rambunctious piano solos, for when you feel like jumping up or getting your groove on -- with just a touch of mellow sprinkled through, too.
Genre: Classical: Piano solo
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Complete with Angels
5:04 $0.99
2. Drivin'!
5:28 $0.99
3. Meanwhile on Foot
2:31 $0.99
4. Missy Kara Surveys the Pasture, Lays Claim
4:29 $0.99
5. It's Liquid, Though
6:10 $0.99
6. Blue Paradise
2:55 $0.99
7. Lazy K (A Portrait of My Favorite Cowboy)
3:23 $0.99
8. Sweet Home Chicago
3:13 $0.99
9. The Donkey Drag (Mr Darcy's Lament)
4:04 $0.99
10. Summertime
2:54 $0.99
11. Spare Change
1:46 $0.99
12. The Golden Passage
5:32 $0.99
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Album Notes
This music is going places! The title track was written by my car, and it's followed by a piece "on foot". There is a portrait of a horse who gallops in boogie woogie time. There's an amble with a somewhat reluctant donkey. There's a quick trip to Sweet Home Chicago & the land of California.

Then there are the bluesy pieces Lazy K & Blue Paradise -- for catching your breath!

And ethereal pieces Summertime & It's Liquid, Though -- for really setting in.

Music for getting around, or kicking back; for dancing or for lazing away. That's Drivin’!



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Kathy Parsons

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"Drivin’!" is pianist/composer Kathleen Ryan’s fifth solo piano album, and this one will come as a bit of a surprise to those who are familiar with her earlier recordings. A few of the twelve tracks are the mellow piano sounds that make up much of Ryan’s previously recorded material, but on "Drivin’!" she also really cuts loose and demonstrates her bluesier, high energy side. The combination makes for a rather eclectic blend, but it’s great fun and very exhilarating! I applaud any artist’s attempts to blur the divisions between one musical form and another, and Ryan has done an exceptional job of that on this album. All but two of the pieces are original compositions, and she certainly makes “Sweet Home Chicago” and “Summertime” her own as well.

"Drivin’!" begins with “Complete With Angels,” an elegant ballad that portrays “how life and music are given to us.” Very flowing and calming, it gives no hint of the surprises to come! Ryan claims that the title track was written by her first car, a little red Toyota that thought it was a sports car. It begins with a “drivin’” rhythm and big attitude that mellows in the middle, very gradually building energy while exploring a variety of themes. “Meanwhile on Foot” is dark and funky with a walking tempo and parallel seventh chords throughout - a favorite. “It’s Liquid, Though” is Ryan’s homage to George Gershwin. Very slow and languid - almost dreamy - I think Mr. Gershwin would be very pleased. “Blue Paradise” returns to a bluesy funk that I find addictive. “Lazy K” is an easy-going charmer that doubles as a portrait of Ryan’s favorite cowboy. The effortless-sounding rhythm belies the complexity of the chords and of this terrific piece itself! Ryan’s arrangement of Robert Johnson’s blues classic, “Sweet Home Chicago,” is a classic itself. If you can keep your feet still through this one, something is seriously amiss! “The Donkey Drag (Mr Darcy’s Lament)” is a musical portrait of Ryan’s donkey, who doesn’t like going for walks on a lead rope. Colorful and full of fun, this piece should elicit smiles as you envision the donkey’s antics. Ryan’s exceptional arrangement of Gershwin’s “Summertime” is pitch black and sultry. “The Golden Passage” ends the album with a beautiful tribute to “Energy - Movement - Friendship - Music!” Graceful and evocative, it’s the perfect ending to this unusual and very exciting album!

I love piano blues, and if you share that love, "Drivin’!" is a must have! Recommended!