Neil Patton | Between Shadow and Light

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Between Shadow and Light

by Neil Patton

Thirteen piano solos for the healing journey, soul, mind, and body, bringing hope in the midst of suffering.
Genre: New Age: Neo-Classical
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1. Rhyme or Reason
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2. Surface Tension
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3. Still in Love
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4. Great Expectations
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5. Nocturne (Between Shadow and Light)
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6. Flights of Angels
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7. The Hands of the Healer
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8. The Long Goodbye
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9. Finding My Own Secrets
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10. Walk With Me
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11. To Run Again
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12. Hope
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13. Moonrise
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Winner: Album of the Year, 2015 at MainlyPiano . com
Winner: 3rd Place, Solo Piano Album of the Year, 2015 at One World Music Radio
Nominated: Album of the Year, 2015 (Modern/Contemporary) at SoloPiano . com
Nominated: Album of the Year, 2015 at Enlightened Piano Radio

This collection of thirteen piano solos was composed to encourage and accompany those walking through various valleys of healing, providing hope in the midst of suffering. Yet again, Neil's "stories without words" bring listeners along on sonic journeys of both triumph and loss, joy and sorrow.

Performed on the same Yamaha C7 grand piano used for his Hammer & Wire collection, these recordings show the width and breadth, heights and depths of the possibilities of solo piano music.

"I feel this is my best musical work so far. I have opened my veins over the keys in the composing of this music. I hope and pray that it will speak to you where you are, and help you carry on with deep, abiding hope." - Neil Patton

REVIEWS:
"There are a lot of really good pianists on the contemporary piano scene, but only a few are breath-taking, and Neil Patton is one of those. With impeccable technique, lightning-fast fingers, and amazing control of the piano, Patton also brings that intangible magic and passion to his compositions and playing that set him apart from most. From thundering and energetic to the most delicate and tender moments, Patton knows what he wants to say with his music, and does so with clarity and precision, but also with a ton of heart ... I sometimes refer to Neil Patton as a “local treasure,” and Between Shadow and Light proves it. It is nothing short of a masterpiece, and I can only hope it receives the recognition it deserves ... quite possibly my choice as ALBUM OF THE YEAR."
Kathy Parsons, MainlyPiano . com

"[Neil's] range is expansive and I was greatly impressed with his ability to play with measured restraint in one moment and then pull out all the stops in the next. Yet beyond Neil’s technical expertise is a depth of feeling that reveals a soul who has experienced both the bitter and the sweet fruits from the tree of life and is capable of expressing them with great eloquence in his heartfelt compositions and playing."
Michael Diamond, Music and Media Focus

"The album’s sound quality is simply stunning as every note played and every nuance that Neil included in his playing was captured with perfect resolution which only adds to the overall beauty of this project. It is apparent that Neil spends the time needed to tweak and to mold his music so that it captures his emotional intent for each of the compositions and clearly shares that with his listeners. Between Shadow and Light is an inspiring and uplifting album that truly shows what is possible on a solo piano release if the person behind the keyboards is dedicated and passionate in what he is doing."
Michael Foster, AmbientVisions . com


"I have had just the utmost pleasure to have just spent near on an hour bathed in the brilliance of Neil Patton’s latest album Between Shadow and Light. I come out with such a powerful statement because this is an album that really captured my imagination, with its quite outstanding compositions ... Between Shadow and Light is a top quality album, performed by a man who has poured himself totally into the project."
Steve Sheppard, One World Music Radio, UK

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Michael Diamond (www.michaeldiamondmusic.com)

Review excerpt from Music and Media Focus
The title of pianist Neil Patton’s award-winning album “Between Shadow And Light” provides more than a hint of the thematic direction and inspiration of the recording. According to Neil: “This album was largely inspired by people in my life (myself included) who are traveling through valleys of suffering and healing.” The opening track grabbed me right from the beginning with its lovely waltz rhythm and classical influence. As it evolved through various movements, I could hear what Neil meant by shadow and light. He has a wonderful sense of dynamics both within a particular passage as well as transiting from one to another.

The second track entitled “Surface Tension” is quite up-tempo and is a showcase for the more intricate and ornate side of Neil’s playing. One of my favorite tracks was the upbeat and exuberant “Flights Of Angels,” which actually draws it title from one of the last lines in Shakespeare’s Hamlet.” This piece has an emotionally uplifting feel that is palpable and I found myself listening to it a number of times. By contrast, the next track “The Hands Of The Healer,” has a quieter, more reflective ambience that Neil dedicates to a team of medical professionals who helped him heal from a debilitating hand and wrist problem that affected his ability to play the piano. The album concludes with “Moonrise,” which at almost 7 minutes in length, it is by far the longest track on the album and has a bit more of an impressionistic air than some of the other more highly structured compositions. This was another of my favorites.

Neil Patton’s piano playing has been described as “breathtaking,” and after listening to “Between Shadow And Light” in detail, I would have to agree. His range is expansive and I was greatly impressed with his ability to play with measured restraint in one moment and then pull out all the stops in the next. Yet beyond Neil’s technical expertise is a depth of feeling that reveals a soul who has experienced both the bitter and the sweet fruits from the tree of life and is capable of expressing them with great eloquence in his heartfelt compositions and playing.

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Darla Bower

Reviewed By Enlightened Piano Radio
Between Shadow and Light tells a piano story of a journey to the healing of soul, mind and body. This piano portrait is dedicated to the Healers who lead those on the path of wholeness and healing. A musical journey that will lead the listener to an unexpected place of reflection while acknowledging as Mr. Patton says in his introductory comments: “the world is broken, and so are we.” Surface Tension is one of my favorites on the CD. This composition is the perfect blend of fast tempo coupled with the crescendo of expectation hinting just below the surface and does not disappoint. As the liner note says: “how can healing begin, unless our wounds are exposed and dealt with?” Often times we work hard not to expose our vulnerabilities or weakness but as the song suggests – exposing is a stepping stone towards healing.
My next and absolute favorite is Nocturne (Between Shadow and Light). This piece really appealed to me for its classical elements and sound. Chopin is my favorite composer and Nocturne reminded me of a Chopin style lament in both texture and tone. To me this emotion invoking piece represents the shadow experienced on the journey to healing. The dedication of Nocturne (Between Shadow and Light) to Mr. Patton’s parents made the emotional impact even greater because it speaks of their journey. Sometimes healing is synonymous with loss. Nocturne is a very heartfelt piece that chronicles the mastery of this piano artist and his piano; simply breathtaking! The Long Goodbye is the musical representation of a bittersweet journey through Alzheimer’s disease. Many refer to Alzheimer’s as “the long goodbye.” With every note of this piece, may we not forget the travelers of this path as we accompany them and perhaps continue the journey without them.
Another emotional composition and favorite for me was: To Run Again. This piece was written for a mutual friend’s pet named Riley. We all followed the journey of Riley to his healing. This song and Riley’s journey reminded me that often times healing occurs in an unexpected way, leading to where a journey ends. Riley fought the good fight surrounded with love, hope and prayer. I absolutely LOVE that Mr. Patton wrote this song for Riley reminding us healing isn’t always tranquil and “the goal of our healing is not merely the absence of pain, but the presence of life.” This piece was an unexpected energetic representation of Riley’s life and I adore it!
Hope is another favorite piece that is based on Psalms 121:1-2. This composition brings to mind waiting with gentle expectation. One of Webster’s definition of hope is: trust. We may not associate hope with trust while waiting for healing. This piece is a melodic blend of unexpected tenderness and is the contrasting piece to shadow which is: light. I have always admired Mr. Patton’s bold proclamation of his faith with and through his music. Hope for me is the reminder of where help comes from for the journey--the Lord and others. Well done! This review was difficult for me to complete because of the absolute parallel this album has to my life and everyday life for many. Between Shadow and Light is a musical masterpiece by one of my favorite artists: Neil Patton. His music speaks note by note in the artistically woven piano poetry that is Between Shadow and Light. So get ready to listen! I very highly recommend this CD!
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Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
There are a lot of really good pianists on the contemporary piano scene, but only a few are breath-taking, and Neil Patton is one of those. With impeccable technique, lightning-fast fingers, and amazing control of the piano, Patton also brings that intangible magic and passion to his compositions and playing that set him apart from most. From thundering and energetic to the most delicate and tender moments, Patton knows what he wants to say with his music, and does so with clarity and precision, but also with a ton of heart. "Between Shadow and Light" is probably the most accessible of Patton’s three solo piano albums, but it is also his most dazzling with a fine array of musical moods and messages. In the liner notes of the CD, Patton explains the origins of each piece and dedicates the album to “the Healers: the pastors and priests, doctors and nurses, counselors, therapists, teachers, and other shepherds that have dedicated their lives to the healing of others....” In his introductory comments, Patton states: “The world is broken, and so are we. Our souls, bodies and minds yearn for the day when we are whole again, as we were made to be. For some, the journey through this valley is harder than for others. My prayer is that we would find our ultimate healing in Jesus, and that his peace and power would rest on us....”

"Between Shadow and Light" is incredible from beginning to end - no filler whatsoever. It begins with “Rhyme or Reason,” composed for a friend suffering with ALS. Filled with questions and tender compassion, there is a beautiful thread of hope that runs through the whole piece. “Surface Tension” is one of the more energetic pieces and one of my favorites. Restless and anxious, imbued with a touch of mystery, this passionate piece never stops moving, swirling from theme to theme, pausing only briefly to catch its breath. “Great Expectations” is another favorite. Dark, questioning and deeply emotional, so much is expressed without words getting in the way. And then there is the title track, “Nocturne (Between Shadow and Light)” a piece with more than a few nods to Chopin, the master of the nocturne. Composed after watching a long, painful illness take the life of his father, this piece is for Patton’s parents, who “never lost sight of their hope in Christ in the darkness of the valley.” This is truly one of the most beautiful and heartfelt pieces of music I’ve ever heard in my life. Words cannot express the emotional impact of this incredible piece. If you only listen to one track on this album, choose “Nocturne.” “Flights of Angels” follows with an exuberant expression of joy and redemption. “The Hands of the Healer” and “The Long Goodbye” are tender and comforting - true expressions of love and compassion. “Moonrise” is more of an experimental piece with additional sounds that were recorded from inside the piano. Inspired by an Ansel Adams photograph, these effects in addition to the beauty of the piece create an atmospheric wonderland - another WOW! piece that closes this amazing album - quite possibly my choice as ALBUM OF THE YEAR.

I sometimes refer to Neil Patton as a “local treasure,” and "Between Shadow and Light" proves it. It is nothing short of a masterpiece, and I can only hope it receives the recognition it deserves. I give it my highest recommendation - and then some!
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