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Natural Light

by Louis Anthony Delise

Composer Louis Anthony deLise presents his first solo instrumental album, Natural Light, featuring collaborations with Grammy Award-winning musicians, Nancy Rumbel, and Jeff Oster.
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1. Mosaic
4:23 $0.99
2. In the Edge of the Water
3:45 $0.99
3. Spring Rain
4:30 $0.99
4. Variations on Moonlight
3:47 $0.99
5. Early January
2:45 $0.99
6. And Then She Was Gone
3:08 $0.99
7. Autumn Twilight
2:54 $0.99
8. American Darkness
2:49 $0.99
9. Winter's Chill
4:35 $0.99
10. But Not Forgotten
2:25 $0.99
11. Natural Light
4:33 $0.99
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Album Notes
The career of composer Louis Anthony deLise has included arranging and conducting on hit records for Grammy winners, Patti LaBelle and Halestorm, producing arranging, and conducting Billboard chart records for William DeVaughn, and arranging for Grammy winner Peter Nero’s pops orchestra. Along the way, deLise has composed for film and television, written concertos and garnered several industry awards.

Natural Light is deLise’s first solo instrumental album. It includes eleven new compositions, including collaborations with Grammy Award-winning oboe and English horn player, Nancy Rumbel, and trumpeter, Jeff Oster.



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Dyan Garris, New Age CD

In a League of Its Own
NATURAL LIGHT by Louis Anthony deLise

'“Natural Light” is a richly hued, magically magnificent recording that’s in a league of its own.'

No doubt about it. Natural light is rich and diverse. It’s simple and complex at the same time. Unlike artificial light, natural light is comprised of all the colors of the rainbow and is “created” by a range of different wavelengths of light radiating from the sun. Mix those colors altogether again and we get white; purity. And, as well, natural light is something we can get creative with in a variety of ways to achieve different results depending upon what we’re trying to do. Like that, “Natural Light,” the album, is a richly hued, magically magnificent recording that’s in a league of its own.

“Natural Light” is the first solo piano album from award-winning composer and producer Louis Anthony deLise. However, holding a Doctor of Musical Arts in musical composition, Dr. deLise has had an illustrious musical career that includes thousands of hours of recording studio work as a session player, an arranger, a conductor and a record producer.

His accomplishments include playing percussion in orchestras that accompanied such notables as Tony Bennett, Luciano Pavarotti, Beverly Sills, Mel Tormé, and more, as well as producing, arranging and conducting on releases on the CBS, EMI, Mercury, Centaur, Vanguard, and Def-Soul record labels. Louis was arranger and conductor on Grammy® winner Patti LaBelle’s Billboard number one hit album, The Gospel According to Patti LaBelle. Along the way, he has maintained an active career as a published composer of concert music. You know. He’s a real composer.

Supporting Louis’ personally reflective piano melodies on “Natural Light” are luscious layers of strings, bass, flutes, cello, oboe, horns, and unusual percussion, all in an outstanding, marvelous mix. Some of the percussion instrumentation incorporates the marimba, glockenspiel, and children’s toy bells, and an antique Constantinople K. Zildjian cymbal, to name a few. This combination ultimately creates a comforting, cozy bed of warm ambiance that cradles sensitively and artistically around the compositions.
The album also features the musical artistry of Grammy® winner Nancy Rumbel and the multiple award-winning trumpeter and flugelhorn artist, Jeff Oster. Master flutist Christine Hansen and cellist Marjam Ingolfsson are additional guest artists.

The eleven-track album opens with the absolutely gorgeous “Mosaic,” featuring Nancy Rumbel’s warm English horn lead intertwined expertly with strings, piano, and interesting percussion. Nancy is a co-composer (album version) on this track. Together deLise and Rumbel are extraordinary.

A lovely piano solo, “In the Edge of the Water,” follows. Inspired by the discovery that the poet Walt Whitman once lived near Louis’ home and reportedly enjoyed walking barefoot near the many streams and creeks there, this is contemplative, compelling, and enjoyable.

One standout on the album is the sultry “Spring Rain,” featuring the inimitable horn of Jeff Oster winding in and out of this captivating composition. I love that you can hear the rain here in all the right places. And Louis’ piano performance is breathtakingly beautiful. It’s a favorite to enjoy again and again.

“And Then She Was Gone,” “Variations on Moonlight,” “American Darkness,” and “But Not Forgotten,” are piano solos, each beautifully composed and sensitively played. The exquisite tonality of the Yamaha C3 grand piano really shines through. And there is something truly special about Louis’ piano playing. It flows effortlessly.

A deeply personal improvisation, “Early January,” is thoughtful and pensive as Louis pays tribute to his late brother and ponders the temporary nature of life. The flowing flute of Christine Hansen and the smooth, rich cello of Marjam Ingolfsson both add deep and reflective layers.

Another favorite is “Autumn Twilight” with its elegant and cinematic feel. Harp, strings, and piano, blend together into a soft, pastel palette with Nancy Rumbel’s melodious oboe artistry incorporated in. Truly enchanting and very relaxing. Nancy is a co-composer (album version) on this track as well.

Belying the biting cold connotation of that season, there is something very warm and inviting about “Winter’s Chill.” The glockenspiel, non-pitched percussion, and marimba wrap their arms engagingly around the perfectly paced piano lead.

This may be a case of saving the best for last, but we can’t really state so definitively because the whole album is so amazing. That said, the title track “Natural Light” closes out the album. Rhythmic, hypnotic, graceful, melodic, the piece is worth the wait. Here, four alto flutes, played masterfully by Christine Hansen, plus one of her C flutes as contrast on the bridge, make the heart soar. As well, Indian tabla, hand drum, concert bass drum, warm strings, and small percussion, flow along together like smooth silk with the euphonious piano melody. It’s the perfect close.

“Natural Light” is a “must have,” soul-soothing, emotionally evocative treasure. You will want to get the whole album.

Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"Natural Light" is Louis Anthony deLise’s first album as featured soloist (piano), but don’t let that “first” status fool you! Dr. deLise has spent a lifetime working with a dizzying number of top-notch artists within a jaw-dropping variety of music genres. Immersed in music ranging from pop to chamber, choral and orchestral, deLise has developed a unique musical voice capable of expressing anything he chooses. The eleven original pieces on the album are a blend of solo piano and piano with orchestration. (An all-solo piano version of the album will be released later this summer, as will a sheet music book.) Guest artists include Jeff Oster (trumpet), Nancy Rumbel (oboe and English horn), Christine Hansen (flute and alto flute), and Marjam Ingolffsson (cello). In addition to the piano, deLise performs on marimba, glockenspiel, toy bells, trap drums, tabla, small percussion and sampler array. I usually review more than 150 albums a year, many of them extraordinary, so it takes a very special album to blow me away. Natural Light has certainly done that! My five-word review would be: “'Natural Light' is beyond beautiful!”

"Natural Light" opens with “Mosaic,” a mysterious piece that begins with a repeated piano pattern before adding twinkling bells (marimba or glockenspiel). The middle section of the piece is more orchestrated with strings and Nancy Rumbel’s English horn, and then “Mosaic” returns to the opening passage with some additional orchestration. It’s a haunting and intriguing opener! “Variations on Moonlight” is a free-flowing piano solo that expresses both the drama and the subtlety of moonlight. From powerful chords to an almost ambient softness, it’s a beauty! “Spring Rain” features Jeff Oster playing a muted trumpet behind deLise’s evocative piano. Light percussion gives the piece an elegant smooth jazz feeling - I really like this one! “In the Edge of the Water” is the second piano solo and captures the relaxed, effortless ebb and flow of water on the shoreline. “Early January” is an exquisite trio for piano, flute and cello that almost makes you feel a chill in the air! The piece began as a tearful improvisation at the piano as deLise remembered his late brother, Michael. The piece “sings” about the impermanence of life. Deep sadness and feelings of longing are expressed in “And Then She Was Gone.” (I’m looking forward to the sheet music for this one!) On “Autumn Twilight,” deLise and Rumbel (plus harp and light orchestration) paint a magical and mysterious picture in deep tonal colors - love it! I’m not sure what “American Darkness” refers to since there have been so many tragedies of late, but the poignant and deeply moving piece is my favorite on the album. The gorgeous title track is a piece for piano, alto flute, light percussion and orchestration. Gently expressive yet sometimes soaring, it’s a wonderful close to an outstanding album!

Very highly recommended!