Mark Christopher Brandt | Seven Gifts

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Seven Gifts

by Mark Christopher Brandt

Solo piano improvisations.
Genre: Jazz: Piano Jazz
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1. Wisdom
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2. Understanding
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3. Counsel
4:51 $0.99
4. Courage
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5. Knowledge
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6. Piety
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7. Wonder and Awe of the Lord
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8. Come Creator Spirit
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Album Notes
Seven Gifts is a complete set of eight piano improvisations by Mark that were lifted from the DVD of the same name. This is Mark’s second set of completely improvised piano music performed with no preparation and boldly displayed - mistakes and all - as in the days of the two-track recording process employed by the first “jazzers.” Not pretending to be a perfect pianist in the tradition of classical musicians or the cut-throat competitive world of jazz pianists, it seems Mark prefers the reality of the moment and the truth of the offering.

With Seven Gifts, as with its predecessor Seven Moons, the interaction between camera man, engineer and pianist has been removed, leaving a smooth and peaceful recording of piano music that will lead the listener who has not seen the video to believe that these pieces were well-thought-out and practiced compositions. They are not. All eight tracks were composed on the spot with no editing.

According to Mark, the point of doing an album comprised of improvisations is “not to prove that I am a great pianist. It is to prove - and more to the point establish within myself - that I am a true artist, with no fear of judgment either of myself or by others. Improvisation is a mandatory stepping stone which leads a musician towards greater ease and peace of mind in the composing process.”



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