Monday, May 11, 2015

CD Review – Closer, by Louis Colaiannia

The usually bright and poppy pianist Louis Colaiannia returns with an album of deep reflection, introspection, and contemplation, as evidenced by the lead off track devoted to the victims of the Aurora movie theater shooting a few years back (the proceeds of the single are earmarked for those victims).

In addition to the more intimate nature of the music, this CD also marks Colaiannia's first recording produced by Will Ackerman and Tom Eaton, at Ackerman's Imaginary Road Studio in Vermont. As a result, Colaiannia's sound is enhanced by the talents of Ackerman's musical associates, including Eugene Friesen (cello), Jill Haley (English horn), Jeff Haynes (percussion), Tony Levin (bass), Jeff Oster (trumpet), and Noah Wilding (vocals).

Colaiannia's inspired compositions and graceful piano playing, combined with the stellar contributions of his fellow musicians, make this record an absolute delight to listen to.

This is Louis Colaiannia like you've never heard him before – up, closer, and personal.

--Raj Manoharan

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