|Weston, Veryan / Tesselations|
|Add Date:||2003-11-10||Pull Date:||2004-01-12||Charts:||Jazz|
|Week Ending:||11 Jan||14 Dec||16 Nov|
|1.||Jan 09, 2004:||Memory Select |
Scales 39-52 and 1 [excerpt]
|3.||Dec 11, 2003:||Baptism of Solitude |
|2.||Dec 12, 2003:||Memory Select |
Scales 13-26 [excerpt]
|4.||Nov 14, 2003:||Memory Select |
Solo piano in an upbeat jazz-recital mood, with lots of fast, precise playing and nicely melodic soloing. Abstract feel overall. It's upbeat but rather relaxing in a way.|
The gimmick is that he's playing "Lutheal" piano: a grand piano outfitted with a mechanism to change the strings' timbre, muting the piano or making it sound like a harpsichord. (There's a photo of the Lutheal on the back of the CD booklet.)
As for the "melodic soloing" ... Weston apparently walks through a series of 52 scales, which aren't explained in the booklet. (I think he just *changes* scales 51 times, so he doesn't use 52 different scales). Whatever - it sounds nice.
1- Starts near-silent and crystalline; gets into some more vicious playing with a muted sound.
2- Chaotic scramble. Gets into some interesting, jazzy low-note grooves.
3- Keeps an upbeat jazzy sound. Listen for Lutheal effects a little after the halfway point ... makes it sound like a fast-forward toy piano.
4- A children's march with low notes. Gets fast and dissonant.
5- Skippy riffs with fun Lutheal effects.
|1.||Scales 1-6||3.||Scales 13-26|
|2.||Scales 7-12||4.||Scales 27-39|
|5.||Scales 39-52 and 1|