Deeply evocative solo piano works Scott Lawlor – THE COLOR OF EXTRAORDINARY: This is my first listen to pianist Scott’s deeply moving and evocative solo piano work… for me, keyboard playing is best when the artist is immersed so deeply in their work that no external influence can interrupt their thoughts (or their playing). That’s what you (definitely) get as you listen to the (somewhat) dark-toned title track, “The Color Of Extraordinary“… Scott is able to use the lower registers to pull forth colors you would never have imagined on this slowly moving composition… it has already gotten repeated listens here.
Scott’s song titles alone clearly show that he gives a great deal of thought to his playing… one of the best examples of that (for this reviewer, anyway) is “our souls contained more scar tissue than life“… it’s almost like he was a “soul surgeon” (so to speak), examining life and finding ways to heal with his music. I’m very impressed with his playing, and if you love well-performed solo piano without gimmicks – this is your ticket… if I were on the “award panels”, this piece would definitely be recommended!
I searched, but didn’t find, any examples of “live” playing, but Scott has some great music videos… I recommend you SUBSCRIBE to his YouTube channel right away… I did!
After some personal grieving and loss, Scott’s own words described the process of realizing these tunes as “realizing at the most existential level, I am now a different person than I was before and how those differences, though not always obvious to many, have changed who I am at a fundamental level”… you’ll find his emotional explorations on the deeply moving opener, “The darker the night, the brighter the stars“, show his total talent for drawing the listener out… in fact, this is my personal favorite of the ten songs Scott offers up on this release.
This isn’t your “standard” solo piano album… it requires close listening (preferably with headphones ON) and involvement… I give Scott a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED rating for his unique approach, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) rating of 4.98. Learn more about this high-talent artist on his BandCamp pages. Rotcod Zzaj
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