T.J. Martley | Meditations, Vol.1

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Meditations, Vol.1

by T.J. Martley

Using an exercise inspired by Zazen meditation masters, I spent each morning of May 2012 practicing and recording a solo piano improvisation. The result is this album, Meditations Vol. 1, ten of my most favorite improvisations from the project.
Genre: Jazz: Piano Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Meditation #5 (Rasa's Renewal)
8:16 $0.99
2. Meditation #10 (for Paul)
5:38 $0.99
3. Meditation #19 (Contemplation)
5:04 $0.99
4. Meditation #6 (Spring Morning)
5:06 $0.99
5. Meditation #28 (Unit Six)
3:54 $0.99
6. Meditation #11 (Whisper)
5:38 $0.99
7. Meditation #14 (Final Motif)
6:35 $0.99
8. Meditation #29 (Leaving Harmony)
5:49 $0.99
9. Meditation #26 (Luet's Journey)
5:46 $0.99
10. Meditation #30 (for Anna)
7:06 $0.99
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Album Notes
Twenty-seven year old pianist T.J. Martley is quickly becoming one of the top call pianists in Kansas City. Since graduating from William Jewell College in 2007, he has shared the stage with national icons of jazz Bobby Watson, Sean Jones, Javon Jackson, Brad Mason, Elliot Mason, Dave Pietro, Matt Otto and Wycliffe Gordan. Known for his eclectic be-bop style, the pianist's improvisations are reminiscent of Lennie Tristano, Bud Powell, and Keith Jarrett. The pianist can be seen regularly at local jazz hot spots with Kansas City jazz artists such as The Goombahles, Crosscurrent, Megan Birdsall, Steve Lambert Quartet, Rich Wheeler Quartet, Shay Estes, Bryan Hicks Quartet, Stan Kessler and Stephanie Laws.



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Kara V.

Beautiful, intriguing, and mysterious.
Listening to this album was, for me, like listening to someone speak Italian. Beautiful, mysterious, and intriguing even though (or perhaps because) I only knew a few of the words. I turned it on and went about my normal morning routine, not sure what to expect. I was periodically drawn into the music, swept away from my typical thoughts and tasks to somewhere...different. Somewhere that demanded my attention and presence. Even my three-year-old didn't ask me to change any songs (which is a constant question when a song isn't immediately recognizable to my little one).
Perhaps one day I will learn the language of TJ Martley’s music. Until then I will enjoy listening, not with the need to understand, but with the need to hear with the ears of body and soul.