Decidedly unique piano beauty Ann Sweeten – Before Today, Beyond Tomorrow

Decidedly unique piano beauty Ann Sweeten – BEFORE TODAY, BEYOND TOMORROW:  I have been reviewing Ann’s enchanting piano work for many, MANY years now (most recently in issue # 143), and can honestly say that her new release is the most emotionally engaging keyboard adventure I have listened to (yet) in 2019… she put this together after a third cancer diagnosis (Leukemia), yet still is able to convey a sincere hope for the future… though this is an older video, it still gives the viewer a clear insight into Ann’s wonderful talent and ability to bring joy to your ears…

I strongly encourage you to SUBSCRIBE to Ann’s YouTube channel, where you will find many more exciting aural adventures… I did.

In addition to Ann’s marvelous keyboards, you will hear Nancy Rumbel doing English horn; Eugene Friesen on Cello; Charlie Bisharat’s Violin, Premik Russell Tubbs playing Soprano sax and Trisha Craig on Flute… compositions like “Vanish” (which mourn our – mutual – loss of the Arctic ice & so many species) will bring a tear to your eye, I’ve no doubt… a totally engaging and emotional tune!

One of the quotes from Ann in the liner notes that struck me with absolute power is – “I submit that despite odds against me in a world we no longer understand, there are forces at work to keep me here, to keep giving my music to the world“… as you listen to the opener, “Across The Midnight Sky“, you will hear why I found that comment so striking… despite hardships and knee-bending blows in life, our friend Ann’s piano brings hope to those who need it.

Of the ten sonic wonders Ann offers up for your enjoyment and enlightenment, it is “The Empty Swing” that gets my vote for personal favorite… it’s only 4:26, but will give you clear images of how (and why) Ann created the beautiful song!

I give Ann and her players a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED rating, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) score of 4.99 for this most endearing album.  Get more information at Ann’s website.            Rotcod Zzaj

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Dick Metcalf, editor, Contemporary Fusion Reviews
Dick Metcalf, editor, Contemporary Fusion Reviews
Dick Metcalf (aka Rotcod Zzaj) is a globe-hopping musician and poet who spent many years roving the world until he finally settled in his current abode, Lacey, Washington... just down the road from Seattle. He started IMPROVIJAZZATION NATION magazine in 1990 (still being published), and Contemporary Fusion Reviews magazine in 2016. He also was a keyboard player & singer for many years... you can hear (and download for free) many of those works at his "Internet Archive Collection". If you'd like to support our efforts and get something in return, there are also a few of these albums for sale on the Rotcod Zzaj BandCamp site"

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