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Sounds From The Wishing Well

by Patrick Gorman

Produced by Will Ackerman, Grammy winning recording artist and founder of Windham Hill Records. Patrick creates stirring solo piano compositions, with an exploratory approach that infuses streaks of melodic passages over dynamic rhythmic themes...
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Bella
3:50 $0.99
2. Give Up The Ghost
2:20 $0.99
3. Citrus
2:42 $0.99
4. Saravensara
3:28 $0.99
5. Fountains
2:19 $0.99
6. Ramah By Moonlight
3:34 $0.99
7. Naomi
3:04 $0.99
8. Prism Bell
3:59 $0.99
9. Arabian Moonrise
3:21 $0.99
10. Velvet Sun
3:14 $0.99
11. Shadowgirl
3:18 $0.99
12. Sleep Dance
4:34 $0.99
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Album Notes
A Few Words From Will Ackerman...

"When Patrick Gorman called to me to ask whether I would assist him in the production of his first solo piano recording I assumed he knew of my history as a label founder and producer. He didn't. As time progressed and we talked further I realized that he'd never listened to George Winston and had never heard of Liz Story, Phil Aaberg or even Keith Jarrett. He was a little like the child raised by wolves who knows nothing of the outside world. Patrick's music is so distinctively his own for this very reason. He's not steeped in recent piano music, but came up in a musical world of his own sounds.

I love it that these beautiful, sometimes classical-seeming pieces come from a musician whose primary instrument is drums. He talks of how he perceives the piano as a percussion instrument and I understand why he feels that way. Once again there is a layer of insulation between him and the sizeable outside world of piano music and once again Patrick emerges as possessing what is very much his own sound... remarkable in someone anticipating his first recording.

And it's not just musical ideas that he has such a grasp of. I was incredulous when he told me he wanted to record this project in a day. I told him what any responsible producer would tell him; that this was recklessly unrealistic. It would be nearly impossible in a person of years of training and performance experience and really out of the question for a drummer moonlighting in piano music. Nonetheless I smugly agreed to meet Patrick (for the first time) on the day of our session at Futura Studios outside of Boston where I found Patrick sitting at a Steinway Grand piano.

The room was somewhat complex to record and we spent nearly two and a half hours setting mics for the session. It was now 12:30 PM.

Patrick then set about to do exactly what he said he would do. I demanded the same precision and expression from him that I would in any session. There was no compromising. I watched and listened to him do what he promised to do and by 7:30 that evening Patrick had recorded "Sounds From The Wishing Well". It was one of the most remarkable performances I have had the pleasure to witness."

Will Ackerman
Windham County Vermont



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Lloyd Barde

...a superb piano release
Here is a new artist on the scene, on another new disc produced by Will Ackerman. Patrick Gorman is a drummer by trade, but his brand new "Songs from the Wishing Well" is a superb piano release And the whole CD was recorded in one creatively inspired day, much to Ackerman's own disbelief and amazement. The results are stunning, and each track is fully engaging. The feeling of this CD ranges from whimsical and child-like to complex and overflowing with flurries of well-placed notes. Tempos flow from one to the next, patient and pensive at times, then layered and intricate. The results are a musical world unencumbered by other reference points; instead it is one of Gorman's own sounds exclusively, perhaps with assists from Ackerman strictly in the sound chamber sense. There are classical sounding pieces, some jazzy motifs, and a few tracks that sound, coincidentally, like they might have come from those special heydays of Windham Hill, occupied by names like Winston, Story Cossu, Aaberg and the like. Yet Patrick Gorman is an original, treating the piano like a percussion instrument albeit an amazingly lyrical one.

shoukat ali

this cd have very sweet music.i really like is brilliant.the artist had done good job.

Kathy Parsons

A stunning debut!
“Sounds From the Wishing Well” is a stunning debut from pianist/composer Patrick Gorman. Produced by Will Ackerman, the sound quality is flawless and the 9’ Steinway used in the recording has a rich, full-bodied resonance. A self-taught pianist who had not listened to the likes of George Winston or the other major artists of this genre, Gorman’s musical background is that of a drummer. Interesting, no? Gorman’s music has an elegant fluidity and a great range of expressive emotional depth. Ackerman says of the recording session (yes, it was recorded in one session!), “It was one of the most remarkable performances I have had the pleasure to witness.” Heady praise from the founder of Windham Hill Records, a label widely known for the impeccable quality of its recordings (and artists) while Ackerman was at the helm. This is, indeed, an exceptional album.

”Bella” begins the CD with a reflective yet energetic piece that is a bit on the dark side. An interesting array of musical textures and themes are interwoven, creating a beautiful montage. “Give Up the Ghost” is much more delicate and fragile - I love it! “Citrus” picks up the pace considerably. Its infectious rhythm and Gorman’s nimble fingers create a bright sparkling piece that swirls and dances. “Ramah By Moonlight” is one of several pieces that have a Middle-Eastern influence. Dark and very leisurely in its pace, this piece is sensual and evocative. As its title implies, “Prism Bell” has a free rhythm and a sparkling quality that is both gorgeous and as soothing as watching light bounce off a prism. “Arabian Moonrise” is my favorite on this album. Mysterious, sultry, and even a little playful, this one grabs me every time. “Shadowgirl” also has a feeling of mystery, but also of searching - fascinating. The closing track, “Sleep Dance,” sounds like a free-form improvisation that works really well and holds together with repeated listenings.

“Sounds From The Wishing” is an exciting debut, and I hope the first of many recordings from Patrick Gorman. Complex, yet very accessible, I highly recommend this album.

RJ Lannan, New Age Reporter

Echoe From The Future...
Composer and pianist Patrick Gorman must have the ability to hear trees growing just by standing in the forest. How can Gorman, with no classical experience, incorporate classical nuances into his music? it is very surprising. Moreover his flair for composition is astonishing. He also has the talent to write heartfelt music like that of George Winston, Liz Story and David Lanz without actually ever hearing George Winston et al.
Truth be told, Patrick Gorman has no formal piano training. If he is using the “seek and ye shall find” method, then I promise you it is working. It is working extremely well. His debut solo piano album Sounds from the Wishing Well has an enticing mix of solid classically-tinged tunes and some lighter romantic fare.
Whenever I hear the name Bella, I can’t help but remember the character from What Dreams May Come who anguishes over her loss throughout the film. Gorman’s song Bella has sadness to it, a kind of deep sorrow. The tune is quite memorable and the melody is dizzying in its emotion. I have to admit that just after the first cut, Gorman had me mesmerized.
I liked Fountains right away and it quickly became one of two favorites on Sounds from the Wishing Well. The tune has a dignified flow. Like any good water feature or fountain, the composition shuts out the sounds of the busy world and creates its own music. It was too short for my liking, however.
The next cut Ramah by Moonlight was my other favorite. Somewhere in the mountains of southern New Mexico the night is almost shadowy. There is a warm, swirling breeze you can feel in the music. There is the gleam of moon beams on the wind swept rocks and there is the cessation of time as you know it. You can feel your heart pulsate a deep cadence along with this one.
Another song about the moon, Arabian Moonrise is notable for Gorman’s odd use of a Middle Eastern theme blended with strong classical overtones. It produces a very imaginative atmosphere as we are swept across the desert and then suddenly we are bathed in a blue-white light. The silhouette of a dark-eyed beauty captures our eyes and our hearts.
First she is there and then she is not. Shadowgirl is a musical poem to a lost love. I have to admit it is a bit moody, but the melody carries a sincere message that she is gone and missed. Finally, Sleep Dance the final cut on Gorman’s CD is a soft, tinkling dreamy piece. Can you imagine a dancer moved by great emotion dancing in a sleep-like state? How graceful is the music and, like our imaginary dancer, there is wondrous control and phrasing. This is Patrick’s best work on the album.
Let’s face it producer Will Ackerman has found a treasure in this young man. Patrick Gorman has wonderful expression and a lot of emotion in his work. He combines a natural ability and an unbiased freshness to his compositions. We look forward to his future endeavors with relish.
Rating: Very Good

R J, the reviewer guy
New Age Reporter

Anne Williams, Nightscapes(r).

A welcome return...
"Patrick Gorman's music is a welcome return to the pure and elegant simplicity of the early days of New Age music. Put him in the same class as Erik Satie, George Winston and Liz Story." - Anne Williams, Nightscapes(r).

Joseph Healy

I was very impressed by this newcomer to the piano soloist community.Sounds from the wishing well will be a favorite of mine for years to come.I look forward to what this guy has in store for us....

Jeff Pearce

incredible music!
I'd give this cd ten stars if I could. Patrick Gorman's debut recording is full of what I call "where is this going?" moments; the melodies and rhythms suggest a musical path, but as soon as it's suggested, Patrick steers the music to a new place- never jarringly or harshly. Having played a couple of concerts with him, I can attest to Pat's ability to present these pieces in a live setting with all the grace and mystery he does on "songs from the wishing well". His musical voice is his own, and I am looking very forward to hearing his next cd!