Richard Carr | An American Quixote

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An American Quixote

by Richard Carr

Relaxing romantic new age/contemporary instrumental acoustic piano soundtracks for the soul, mind & body used by many to ease the tensions of the fast-paced world we live in.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. An American Quixote
5:26 $0.99
2. The Journey
3:39 $0.99
3. The Approaching Unknown
4:00 $0.99
4. An Encounter with the Unknown
5:20 $0.99
5. Love for the Lady
4:52 $0.99
6. Freedom Flight Over the Countryside
3:22 $0.99
7. Pure of Heart
4:15 $0.99
8. The Dance of Adventure
2:59 $0.99
9. Quixote's Confusion
4:05 $0.99
10. The Giants of Fear
5:52 $0.99
11. Veritas
4:05 $0.99
12. Disillusionment and the Unravelling Mind
5:14 $0.99
13. Resolution to Continue the Search
7:17 $0.99
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Album Notes
Composer/contemporary pianist Richard Carr, native of St. Louis, Missouri, has returned to St. Louis after the ravaging of the hurricane Katrina of his home in New Orleans.

Carr's approach to creating is one of tapping into the free-flowing consciousness of music, Richard is freely improvising on the spot. There are no sequencing or tracking techniques used during the recording. Everything is recorded in real time without any edits.

In this regard, Richard's music has been favorably compared to Keith Jarrett, George Winston and David Lanz. His concerts are highlighted by his apparent ease at the piano or keyboard and his passionate playing. Most of his audiences are also treated with a new composition or improvisation created on the spot.

Carr's improvisational composition style is full of melodic lines and rich harmonies indicative of the classical influences of the American, Russian and French composers of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Additionally, more modern influences as diverse as Mannheim Steamroller, Tangerine Dream, John Adams, Keith Jarrett, Cole Porter, Thomas "Fats" Waller, Steve Reich, George Winston, and George Gershwin are also evident.

The Artist's Notes on "An American Quixote"

An American Quixote conjures up many different images - everyone has a different notion of what it might mean. Cervantes' Quixote was a man in search of adventure and justice, seeking out those who were in need of his help. He was a noble man with a chivalrous and pure heart and his good intentions caused him to attempt the impossible, tilting at windmills, following his dreams. Often misled by his own confusion with the real world, he continued on his quest to improve the world - - all for the love of a lady. This project was born from ideas about Quixotes, fictional or otherwise. Each of the selections represents an aspect of the quest. An American Quixote acknowledges that each of us, in some small way, seeks to improve the world around us each and every day. Some of us take it more seriously than others, whether consciously or not, and live our lives in a quixotic fashion. Seeking to achieve a perfect world where nobility and purity of heart win out every time.

Music Award

An American Quixote was chosen as 1st Runner-up for the New Age Album of the Year for the 2000 Just Plain Folks Music Awards.
The title track, An American Quixote, was 1st Runner-up for the Instrumental Song of the Year!



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Kathy Parsons

An ambitious project!
This was a very ambitious solo piano project by Richard Carr. Recorded over a six-month period, some of the pieces were written out and composed while others were improvised on the spot. Presented without edits to maintain the integrity of the moment the pieces were recorded, there is a very “live” feel to “An American Quixote”. With titles that include “An Encounter With the Unknown”, “Quixote’s Confusion”, “Disillusionment and the Unraveling Mind”, this CD is not full of sunshine and daisies, and some of it is quite turbulent. Most of it is very dark and many of the pieces are discordant and without a regular meter. This follows the theme of the album and the various titles of the music. I would not recommend “An American Quixote” to someone looking for music to daydream or meditate to. Carr has a very “big” playing style, and many of the pieces have large octave runs and crashing chords.

My favorite track is “The Giants of Fear”, which is pitch black in feel. Much of the piece is played in the deep bass of the piano with a menacing beat that brings out feelings of dread and anxiety. A middle section goes into the upper registers with an “agitato” approach, and then travels back into the deepest bass. This piece can cause chills - very effective! The title track is also very effective. The feel is lighter than the pieces that follow, but still there is a feeling of apprehension as well as of hope and optimism. This is probably the most pleasant and comfortable piece on the CD. The closing track, “Resolution to Continue the Search” is gentler and is one of a few of the pieces that I would call soothing (“Love for the Lady” is quiet but also very dark - definitely not a Jim Brickman love song!).

I have to say that this is not a CD I would choose to relax to. It is, however, a fascinating development of a story set to music.