Michael Logozar | The Road Ahead

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The Road Ahead

by Michael Logozar

Contemporary Solo Piano artist Michael Logozar's most ambitious album to date. From the soothing calm title track "The Road Ahead" to the exuberant and dynamic album opener "This Joy", this album covers the full spectrum of emotion.
Genre: New Age: Solo Instrumental
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1. This Joy
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2. Fly Away
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3. Higher
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4. Someday I Will
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5. Inner Strength
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6. The Road Ahead
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7. Dance With Me
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8. North Star
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9. Thankful
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10. My Hope Will Come
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11. Reflections On the Water
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12. Out to Sea
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13. The Voyage
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14. A Quiet Peace
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Michael Diamond (www.michaeldiamondmusic.com)

Review excerpt from Music and Media Focus
If putting out “quality music that touches the soul of the listener” is Michael’s goal, then he has certainly succeeded with his latest release, The Road Ahead. The title of the first track, “This Joy,” accurately expresses the emotional resonance that the music evokes. It is bright and sunny like a beautiful Spring day in the country – brimming with positive energy and new life. Right from the beginning, I appreciated Michael’s compositional abilities and the thematic development of the song as it evolved. The mood shifts a bit on the next track, “Fly Away,” with a more autumnal feel, like the world moving towards winter with leaves falling and days getting shorter. It is distinctively different than the preceding piece, yet quite lovely in a more reflective way. It also provides a nice contrast that highlights a bit of Michael’s range. The more I listened to the album, the more I became aware of these kinds of contrasts in his playing and writing. I enjoyed the many facets of Michael’s compositional spectrum, which didn’t detract one bit from the continuity of the music from track to track. Actually, in a real sense, it enhanced it.

In another contrast, the song, “Dance With Me,” has an elegant waltz-like ambience that could serve nicely as a soundtrack to a ballroom scene in a film. That image was definitely conjured in my mind as the music unfolded. The song “Out To Sea,” was another one that reinforced just how visually suggestive his music is. Michael is a gifted pianist and composer with a talent for creating melodies that are deeply expressive and emotionally evocative. While he has his own sound on the piano, I’m sure that listeners who enjoy the music of artists like David Nevue, Jim Brickman, or Liz Story would find a lot to like in the music of Michael Logozar as well.

To read a full length review of this CD, as well as others, please visit: www.michaeldiamondmusic.com
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Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"The Road Ahead" is Michael Logozar’s third album of original piano solos, following his 2008 debut "Coming Into View" and 2012’s "Time" (one of my Favorites for the year). This collection of fourteen new pieces reflects the joy and optimism of Logozar’s recent marriage and of sharing and planning the years ahead with a beloved soulmate. While not overly “showy” or dramatic, Logozar’s playing is heartfelt, confident, and true. Many musicians play from the heart (or claim to), but when an artist has the playing chops to do whatever his composer’s heart wants to express, it makes such a compelling difference. Logozar is an artist with great sensitivity as well as passion, and this album is definitely a candidate for my 2013 Favorites list. It makes a wonderful backdrop for other activities, but please don’t leave this one in the background because there is so much to hear and feel with full attention.

"The Road Ahead" begins with “This Joy,” a lighthearted yet substantial piece that expresses the kind of happiness that is hard to contain as it bubbles up from the soul - a beautiful opening! “Fly Away” is more on the bittersweet side - very quiet, wistful, and one of my favorites. “Someday I Will” is a warm and gentle waltz that plays like a cozy daydream. “Inner Strength” delivers its message with a strong, flowing rhythm and conversational melody. The title track is a soft-spoken powerhouse that could have been created spontaneously late at night by candlelight - a man going into the depths of his soul at the piano. “Dance With Me” is a sweet and romantic invitation in 3/4 time. “North Star” is a favorite with its gently flowing rhythm and graceful melody - sheet music???? I also really like “Reflections on the Water,” stillness and peace set to music. “Out to Sea” is a different water experience altogether. Although it is still calm, the power of the ocean is suggested in the deep bass of the piano. “A Quiet Peace” floats as softly as a puffy white cloud on a blue sky, bringing this excellent album to a serene and blissful close. Where’s that “replay” button???

"The Road Ahead" is inspiring from the first note to the last and establishes Michael Logozar as a distinctive voice in the solo piano community. Very highly recommended!!!
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Steve Sheppard

Review by One World Music Radio
I first came into contact with the work of Michael Logozar when he released an album called Time, my first impressions are always of the album cover and then I am fascinated to see if the content within matches up to the art work, simply put it did and here I am now a year or so later, writing a review on Michaels brand new offering called The Road Ahead.

If album cover is anything to go by, The Road Ahead promises much, a beautiful pictorial image of a lane turning to the right, lined by trees in a glorious summer light so redolent of those long and hazy days of our past.

The opening piece starts with an intensity, that in a way captures the essence of the album in one go, it’s simply called This Joy. Logozar has snared that emotion with some very passionate playing in an opening composition that sets the bench mark for the rest of this latest release. I found this a really positive way to open the album, it's loud and proud and This Joy says it all.

Fly Away is the second track off this new release and I found myself, dear constant reader, standing within the picture of this album, I could easily walk down that road while listening to Fly Away, it has a gentle, yet melodic quality about it, in fact Logozar has that way about him as a musician. There is a deeper essence and sense as is usual with a solo piano album, that a story is being told through the music here and Fly Away has one of those melodies that is infectious, but also quite deeply emotional, perhaps the road it's self is our chance to Fly Away?

Track three is an interesting piece called Higher, I felt the moment I started listening to this composition that it should suit some form of TV Drama theme music, Logozar’s emphatic and stylish performance on this piece raises the bar once more if that were even possible. In my opinion this piece was cleverly played, in parts with a heavier style, mixed with some very gently caressed playing, this one I would personally recommend for any radio station, who are wondering about a track to select from this fourteen piece album.

Logozar has a real definition to his style, there is a passion about his playing that has a real sense of pride and this can be heard on the piece entitled Some Day I Will, there seems to be an sense of determination about this track and the performance suits the title completely, in fact I would go as far to say there is an element of classical genius within this composition.

Within each album there are usually a few tracks that really speak to me and this is one of them, it’s a piece called Inner Strength. For me I found this a deeply moving composition. It hasn't just got a very real sense of power about it, but also a meaning full song which seems to come and go, a melody that shouts an urgent mantra to believe in one oneself. Inner Strength is one of the power tracks of the album and I have a feeling dear constant listener you will find the same feeling of inner strength whilst listening to this track.

The title track is always a composition that really either grabs me or leaves me disappointed at to the opportunity spurned, here I am delighted to say that Logozar has really excelled, The Road Ahead as the flag ship piece of this album is absolutely delightful, it has such a beautiful timeless quality about it that you could never tire of, it has a stunning melody that will sit in your hear and beg to be listened to.
I can't say enough about this piece, it made the album for me as it swirled back and forth like the possible journey that is the hallmark picture on the front cover of the album, Logozar's gentle but defined style on this track is simply sublime, I would buy this album just for this track alone it is that good.

Dance With Me is the mid-way point of the album and another gentle but classy composition that I think may well be one of those pieces that could end up being a bit of a fan favourite, it has that way about it that you could easily imagine a child dancing with their grandparent, the child if standing on the elderly persons feet and they waltz the child around in one of those never to be forgotten moments that life is made for.

When I saw the track listing, certain titles always stand out for me, apart from the title track this piece was the one I was intrigued with, I am glad to say once more I was not disappointed and in fact, I was delighted to hear such a captivating piece played with such purpose and as such North Star would be another recommended listen. Once more Logozar hits a classical high and this piece would easily in my humble opinion make it to the final cut of a heartfelt cinematic scene, excellent track.

To be honest there are many things I am thankful for in this life for, it’s good to express those feelings and make them known, gratitude is a great quality to have and this track is a perfectly placed song to have in the latter stages of an album that fans of solo piano will have no option but go out and buy. Thankful is a moment within this album that Logozar stands tall and proud and one can really feel this composition being crafted by a man who must understand the very title of the track itself, a wonderful track that I simply fell in love with and Michael I am Thankful.

By the time I got to track nine, I felt that the more emotive side of Michael Logozar had emerged and was flowing with the confidence of an early spring mountain stream. The Piece My Hope Will Come emphasises that entirely, once again I felt a story being told here, a story perhaps of a struggle, the story maybe of a future wished for but as of yet unwritten? Perhaps unrequited love, but which ever moment it is, Michael Logozar has created a piece here that speaks for itself and perhaps from the subtleties of this music and this track my dear constant listener, your hope too will come.

My wife only a few moments ago showed me some of her pictures of our day in a little cove by the warm summer seas, I must say like most of her photographic work they were beautiful and I felt particularly moved to mention that on the description of this very song entitled and quite aptly Reflections On The Water. This is truly a stunning track, I loved the construction of this piece and the arrangement and playing style was so redolent of the subject matter, it reminded me of an old Neil Sedaka track that I use to play endlessly in the 70's. Reflections on the water, is without doubt a top class composition and one of my favourites from the whole album.

Out to Sea has an almost mystical sense about it, imagine yourself far out to sea, on an ocean that is foreboding and you are alone with your thoughts in a twilight zone of existence and on or close to the beach of lost souls, you see a companion so close and yet so far away. That somewhat dramatic expression of my feelings of this piece should say it all, it also has a mood about it that tugs at the heart strings and I felt that this is one of those unusual pieces that could accompany a back drop of an old black and white movie and had from time to time an essence of a very old story being told, or lost at sea, far out at sea, alone and washed upon the beaches of lost souls!

It therefore seems quite appropriate that the penultimate piece of the album is called The Voyage, again Logozar now paints us a picture of a journey. The crafted playing literally walks us hand in hand along the road ahead. The Voyage is a track that has a melodic and deeply emotional feel to it and one can really sense from the depths of its eagerness that it begs to be listened to, for it is this song that you will carry with you upon your voyage on the never ending road of life.

So dear constant listener and reader we come to the end of another album and we have walked The Road Ahead with Michael Logozar with an open heart and mind and as the last few bars of this new work of art draw to the end, we are given a piece to take away with us as our road continues onward, we are given a piece called A Quiet Place.

When you buy this album and I have no doubt you will, take a look at the front cover of the art work, see those trees to the right of the road and the grass bank verge before them? This would be the ideal place for you to rest a while and listen to this gentle, well-crafted and superbly performed composition by Michael Logozar entitled A Quiet Place.

This is an album that fans of this genre will eat up with an eager desire to hear more good music, but Logozar should be proud that he has composed an album that is not only easy on the ear, but also very good for the soul, this is a brilliantly performed and composed album that lovers of New Age Piano will adore and people that have a passion for good music will find very hard to resist.
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