Versatile glorious insights of nature Jill Haley – THE CANYONS AND MESAS OF BANDELIER: Those of you who are frequent readers of my reviews know that I have been reviewing Jill’s inspiring work for many years now… she is, of course, well known for her oboe and English horn playing, but on her 7th outing, she also plays piano with great skill. To get an up-close and personal look at this video from her residency at Bandelier…
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You won’t find samples up yet, as the album doesn’t release until the 5th of March, 2021, but trust me when I say that DJ’s (of all stripes) will be plugging Jill’s “Fantastical Formations” into their playlists often… there’s a real sense of discovery on this marvelous piece – most enjoyable, and full of the freedom of nature!
The players on this marvelous album are close to Jill… her husband David Cullen (guitar) and their son Graham (cello), as well as Tony Deangelis on drums and percussion, and as you listen to “Tsankawi Footpaths”, you will feel a sense of adventure as each note emerges and inspires you.
Jill has put together a series of LIVESTREAMS for her tributes to our National Parks that I (most strongly) recommend you tune in to… I’m hoping she includes her beautiful “Frijoles Canyon Awakens” from this album in one of the podcasts… a brand-new dawn for all of us in these troubled times!
It wasn’t difficult (at all) to make my choice for personal favorite of the dozen delightful offerings Jill gives us… “Vista at Valles Caldera” has a simple, but beautiful, piano/guitar introduction that melds graciously into a free-flowing flight of imagination and soaring possibilities… in fact, this is my favorite New Age/inspirational piece (yet) for 2021.
I give Jill and all her players a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED rating, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) score of 4.99 for this high-talent, high-energy album. Get more information on Jill’s website as it becomes available. Rotcod Zzaj
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