Sunday, November 9, 2014

CD Review – Sojourn, by Jim Gabriel

Although this is the debut album by pianist Jim Gabriel, it sounds like the flawless work of a venerable, veteran recording artist.

The CD features eleven tracks of exquisite piano music that really do take you on an inward journey of peaceful reflection and tranquil meditation. This is due to Gabriel's brilliantly subtle compositions and his seemingly effortless and masterfully understated performances.

Gabriel's beautiful handiwork is further embellished with flourishes of producer Will Ackerman's percussion, Charlie Bisharat's violin, Eugene Friesen's cello, Tony Levin's bass, and Jeff Pearce's Chapman Stick.

From beginning to end, this is a musical excursion well worth undertaking.

--Raj Manoharan

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