Monday, November 18, 2019
Album Review: Art on the Piano by Holly Jones
Spanning approximately 51 minutes total, Art on the Piano is an expressively elegant album of 11 tranquil solo instrumentals. Calmly introduced by the soothing opener, “A Blackberry Sky”, an immediate sense of comfort and gentle optimism washes over the listener, as one might easily imagine the artist closing her eyes while playing this piece; her hands effortlessly moving across the keys in a seemingly thoughtful, unhurried and fluid manner. The aptly-titled “Butterfly” ensues with a delicately sustained piano figure throughout, as this airy and sparkling composition effectively paints a picture of a colorful butterfly lightly fluttering in the golden rays of the sun.
One of my favorite pieces on the album is the title track, “Art on the Piano”, a mysterious number with classical overtones and an overall musing mood. Imparting a deep resonance on the keys amid contemplatively graceful pauses throughout, it evokes ruminative images of the artist playing piano in the quiet solitude of a dimly-lit room.
Continuing to seamlessly alternate between reflective and radiant atmospheres along the way, the album finally reaches the second-to-last piece, “Walk with the Trees”, a seasonal song that bares a thoughtful touch of melancholy, before elatedly wrapping things up with the warmly optimistic “Light on the Water”.
A most highly-recommended album for fans of new age and contemporary solo piano music, I especially love the sophisticated simplicity of Holly Jones’ mellifluous arrangements, as she creates art on the piano – and healing through her fingertips! ~Candice Michelle
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