Joyful contemporary piano Loren Evarts – HOME AGAIN: When you get a compliment from your producer that says your album is “immediately accessible and rewarding”, you have cause for joy (especially when the producer is a master musician like Will Ackerman)… Loren is actually an accomplished player in many genres – rock, jazz & (of all things), disco… as you listen to his joyful contemporary piano on tunes like “Sunset Island“, with it’s rich, deep left-hand tones and brightly shining upper registers, you’ll realize that he is an artist who has magic coming out of his hands… I just love this tune (perfect for cruising the summer mountain roads up here in the Great Northwest in my GTO, I’ll tell you).
The title track, “Home Again“, will certainly give you images of pulling into your abode after a long and tiring trek… what I most like about Loren’s playing style is his straightforward, yet calming, mesh of chords with the high-end notes… this gives him an “edge” over many other solo pianists, because it allows him to push what he’s feeling right out through his keyboard into your ears.
There are eight brand-new originals on the twelve-tune album, and one that really reached down deep into my heart is the 3:05 “Baker Lake“… a part of that emotional attraction is the wondrous overtones he achieves via his keyboard on this piece (you can really hear those overtones right at the end of this performance)… stellar playing on this piece, to be sure.
Loren has been in music for over 40 years… as a performer, composer, arranger and teacher… his well-honed skills really impressed me, especially on pieces like my personal favorite of the dozen beautiful songs offered up for your listening pleasure… “Evensong” will reach into your very core and help you revisit emotions you’d forgotten were there. I just loved this song!
I give Loren a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) rating of 4.99 for this excellent solo piano adventure. Get more information at Loren’s website. Rotcod Zzaj