Honest heartfelt solo piano Ed Bazel – HOMECOMING: Having been a pianist for many years myself, I can tell you (unequivocally) that solo piano just doesn’t get more honest and heartfelt than what you’ll hear Ed performing for you on his wonderful new release. Though I didn’t find any LIVE videos on the Ed Bazel YouTube topic channel, you can listen to the entire album there…
Ed and I share some common references, too… I was born in West Virginia (Phillippi, to be specific), and it was in Huntington that Ed first began playing piano at age 5… you’ll hear how grandly he’s learned his craft since then on the 3:34 “Sweet Innocence“… Ed makes full use of his keyboard’s range, with solid left-hand lower registers and beautiful overtones from his right hand… DJ’s (of all persuasions) will be plugging this track into regular rotations, I’ve no doubt!
Though it’s a very short piece (clocking in at only 2:51), the opener, “Morning Cup“, captured my mood here in the grand new morning of my Great Northwest review studio (I call it my “Morning Calm” studio) with Ed’s intimate and soulful piano expression… and though it’s in a New Age mode, I swear I could hear a tad of his time spent in Motown – especially with the jazzy closing chord.
There’s a truly majestic quality to the 3:46 closer, “Dusk“… certainly a sense of impending nightfall and closure for a day well-spent… the piece is laden with emotion, and will bring back memories you may have thought long forgotten… if any of Ed’s songs should be considered for an award, it it this one!
If you need to relax and unwind, you’ll find no better music to do it with than Ed’s marvelous song, “I Remember“… what stands out more than anything else on this composition is his calm approach and wonderful pacing… absolutely among the most refreshing solo piano performances I’ve heard (yet) in 2021.
I give Ed a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED rating, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) score of 4.99. Get more information on Ed’s website. Rotcod Zzaj
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