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Mcdonas, Thollem / Solo Piano
Album:Solo Piano Collection:Jazz
Artist:Mcdonas, Thollem Added:09/2005
Label:Pax Recordings 

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Add Date:2005-12-04 Pull Date:2006-02-05 Charts:Jazz
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Album Review
Craig Matsumoto
Reviewed 2005-12-04 
Solo piano. Thollem's previous albums (filed under "Thollem/Rivera") showed off oddball jazz stylings; here he's a bit more on the serious classical side but still flashing some weirdness. It carries the seriousness of chamber music but the attitude of, well, college radio.

These seem to be improvised pieces, each one running through two or three short ideas, often with little pauses in there. Fun and interesting, and a very different kind of solo piano record.

1- Super fast and turbulent, then delicate faux-new-age. Then fast rollicking fun.
2- Off-kilter runs. Then ocean-wave chords and slow melody
3- Fairly fast, scattery
4- Playful, gets into wacky inside-the-piano antics
5- Cascading classical notes, mostly midtempo. Spare.
6- Fast, gnarled notes. Ends with cool unison playing.
7- Ringing pounding chords. Then plinky calm that builds into chaos.
8- Stern chase music, then high-note playfulness
9- Lots of stillness, particularly later on -- even though it's fast.
10- Almost like silent-movie music. Fast and bouncy, then sparse 11- Stringy melodic exercises; strong ending
12- Slowish start, into fast angular doodles
13- Couple of small passages, then a rolling rollicking one

Track Listing
1.Ancient Futures 7.Black Elk Speaks
2.Death Is Our Only Deadline 8.Mind's Found An Opening
3.The Poor Are Canaries And The Prophets 9.The Ohlone Way
4.I Know That I Think That I Feel 10.Through Confusion Comes Understanding
5.Gone Beyond Reason To Find One 11.One Breath Is Worth Dying Twice For
6.Faithful Skepticism 12.A Moment Is Only If, And Then, And Then, And Then
 13.Living Is The Strangest Thing I've Done