Sunday, April 14, 2013

CD Review – Red, by Isadar


Although Isadar’s latest solo piano album was timed to release around Valentine’s Day because of its love-inspired themes, the music is wide-ranging and versatile enough to be enjoyed all year long.
 
The real love that comes through on the CD is that which Isadar clearly has for music and the piano, as evidenced by his brilliant and quirky songwriting and passionate performances. Some of the tunes are subtle and intimate, and others are grand and sweeping, but they are all clever and original thanks to Isadar’s convention-defying compositions. Sometimes you think you know where the music’s leading you, and then all of a sudden it comes at you out of left field, making it lively and engaging.
 
This writing style keeps Isadar’s fingers on their toes, so to speak. Isadar’s mastery of his craft is apparent in the seemingly effortless ease with which he can go from light to dark and from understated to emphatic. His phrasing and chord progressions are also smart and snappy.
 
This is a rewarding experience for those who are willing to accompany Isadar on his musical journey of love.
 
--Raj Manoharan

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