Richard Dillon solo piano | contemporary fusion reviews Richard Dillon – IRISH MIST: At my age (I’ll be 71 this coming September), I’ve got a few things I simply must do on these grand mornings in the Great Northwest… first, there’s coffee; after the brew is done and I’ve had my first half-gallon cup, it’s over to the music room, where I put on the new music that’s arrived for review… & what a pleasant surprise it was yesterday to find a brand-new release in the stack from Richard – his richly overtoned solo piano work makes for a perfect round-out to my morning… simple, yet beautiful songs. As you listen to the shining spirit he projects on “Smiles“, you will understand where I’m coming from, and you’ll find yourself playing this piece again & again. This is Richard’s tenth solo piano release, and my most recent review of his work got high marks from me, as will this one.
I consider myself quite privileged in so many ways, and when you listen to the bright tones Richard plays for you on “Dancing On The Light“, you’ll realize why that is… with all the ugliness we see (and hear) around us at times, it is truly necessary to have artists who understand how to sonically paint images that help us to rise above our own trials and overcome the darkness – this song is a perfect way to do that. I believe (very strongly) that music is one of the forces in the universe that can “deliver us from evil”, so to speak, and Richard’s piano will help with that process (in fact, were it up to me, his songs would be piped into classrooms across the land).
As you might gather from the title, there are strong Celtic influences in the piano improvisations Dillon put together for this latest album… that is in great part because several of the songs are dedicated to his recently passed 98-year-old mother… one of those pieces, “Mother Ireland” (Mathair Eireann), though a simple construct, is my personal favorite of the fifteen songs he’s provided for your aural enjoyment… all the moods you might imagine, both good and sad, are there to guide you through your remembrances. I give Dillon a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) rating of 4.99 for this release… if you’re a piano lover, you’ll want to add this to your collection. Get more information about Richard at his ABOUT page.
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