Richard Carr | Matters of Balance

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Matters of Balance

by Richard Carr

A deep chill piano album with instrumentation, co-produced by Will Ackerman (founder of Windham Hill Records).
Genre: New Age: Contemporary Instrumental
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1. Ascendance
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2. Awakening Spirit
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3. Looking Inward
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4. Pure Love
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5. Song for Sy
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6. The Flow
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7. Searching for Balance
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8. Serenity
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9. The Call
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10. Into Balance
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11. Inner Peace
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Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
All tracks created by Richard Carr,

Produced by Will Ackerman, Tom Eaton & Richard Carr.

Recorded at Imaginary Road Studio, Brattleboro VT.

Recording engineer Tom Eaton, Imaginary Road Studio

Mastering by Tom Eaton, universal noise storage

Graphic Design by John Ancell.

These talented individuals brought additional magic to my music:
Jill Haley, English Horn tr. 2, 7, 11
Jeff Oster, Flugelhorn tr. 1, 4, 9
Premik Russell Tubbs, Soprano Sax tr. 5
Eugene Friesen, Cello tr. 2, 7
Charlie Bisharat, Violin tr. 4, 6
Jeff Haynes, Percussion tr. 6, 9
Noah Wilding, Vocals tr. 9
Tom Eaton, Bass tr. 2, 5, 9
Michael Manring, Fretless bass tr. 7

"Matters of Balance is another step along my musical and personal journey. Seeking and finding balance in my life has been challenging at times. Yet I wouldn't have it any other way."

"Matters of Balance is my first solo album with other instrumentalists. With Will Ackerman & Tom Eaton at the helm in Will Ackerman's Imaginary Road Studio, this project has blossomed into something I hadn't imagined. Although my main mode of creating is still deep in improvisation, with a few adjustments to my process and some slight adjustments by Will and Tom we all agree that we have something very special to give you. ENJOY!!! .... Richard"

This album is dedicated to the memory of my friend Sandy. Although she has moved to another state of existence, she will always be with those who knew her.

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Michael Diamond (www.michaeldiamondmusic.com)

Review excerpt from Music and Media Focus
While Richard Carr is well known by many as a solo pianist, his new release represents more of a collaborative effort. For this album, Richard chose to work with one of the premier producing teams in this genre of music, namely Windham Hill Records founder and Grammy winner, Will Ackerman, along with co-producer, engineer, and multi-instrumentalist Tom Eaton. The recording was done at Will’s iconic Imaginary Road Studios in Vermont, where Richard had access to their highly modified Steinway piano, which has graced the tracks of countless albums on the Windham Hill label and many more. In addition, a number of world-class accompanists add their talents to the project.


The opening track is “Ascendance,” and features Richard on piano, of course, accompanied by one of my favorite musicians, Jeff Oster on ambient flugelhorn. The piece has a mellow dreamy ambiance that evokes the feel of kicking back and watching the clouds drift by on a summer day. I love the atmosphere it created and makes for a perfect introduction to the album, drawing the listener into its gentle impressionistic soundscape. This feeling continues into the next song, “Awakening Spirit.” Richard’s melody is gorgeous, and for me quite heart opening. It begins as a piano solo until about half way through, he is joined by long time Will Ackerman collaborator Jill Haley on English horn, cellist Eugene Friesen, who is best known as a member of the Paul Winter Consort, and Tom Eaton, who stepped out from behind the recording console to play bass.

“Looking Inward” is the first of three solo piano pieces on the album. As the title implies, it is appropriately meditative with a nice balance of notes and space to allow the composition to breathe. Also making an appearance in one song on the album is fretless bassist extraordinaire, Michael Manring, who is well known for his work on countless Windham Hill albums and more, including most currently Jeff Oster’s band. On this track entitled “Searching For Balance,” he is joined by cellist Eugene Friesen and Jill Haley on English horn. There is a real storytelling quality to Richard’s expressive melody here that takes the listener along on his search. Although too numerous to mention here, a number of other fine musicians appear on the album, and can be read about in the full-length review at the link below.

To characterize the overall ambiance of this recording, I would flash back to the motto of the Woodstock generation with the words “peace and love.” Richard’s compositions evoke a deep emotional resonance that touches the heart in ways that are both moving and uplifting. His ever-evolving spiritual journey and search for inner peace is reflected in the tranquil mood his music creates. “Matters of Balance” is perfectly titled and clues the listener into the oasis of calm found within its 11 exquisite tracks.

To read a full-length feature article about this album, as well as others, please visit: www.MichaelDiamondMusic.com
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