Melancholy piano magic Tim Neumark – Opus 8

Melancholy piano magic Tim Neumark – OPUS 8:  Pianist Tim serves up thirteen splendid songs for us, and uses his creativity to give us pure melancholy piano magic right from his heart.  To get an up-close and personal view of his excellent playing style, I recommend that you first watch his LIVE performance from a few years back…

You’ll also find several other shimmering performances when you SUBSCRIBE to Tim’s YouTube channel.  I signed up right away.

A four-minute piece that’s bound to be showing up on DJ playlists around the globe soon is “The Ghost“… I especially liked Tim’s use of his full keyboard to express himself on this tune, and have no doubt you will love it, too!

You’ll hear many more moods than just “melancholy” on the album, best illustrated (for me, at least) by the 3:33 “Shining Through“… images of sunlight will shimmer brilliantly in your imagination as you listen to this upbeat tune (with your headphones on, please)… it’s surely one of the most stunning solo piano pieces I’ve heard (yet) in 2022.

Back on the more reflective side of things, Tim’s deeply moving “Conundrum” reminds us that problems are often difficult to solve… actually, I wouldn’t be (at all) surprised if this 4:26 gem is nominated for (and WINS) awards… very effective use of minor chords, with an expressiveness seldom heard (and that’s really saying something, since I listen to a LOT of piano music)!

Tim’s score for Michele McLaughlin’s “Hope” (from her “Sketches” album) integrates a full orchestra into the piece… full-bodied and inspirational, without doubt… I absolutely loved Tim’s treatment of this very special song.

I had no difficulty (at all) in making my choice for personal favorite of the thirteen tantalizing tunes Tim offers up for our sonic pleasure… the 5:13 “Still” easily inspires the kind of calm we need in these troubled times… Tim’s pacing is exquisite, and he uses the “empty” spaces to emphasize the beautiful overtones that are going on… a truly wonderful song!

Tim gets a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED rating from me, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) score of 4.98… get more information about Tim and the album on Tim’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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