Common Places

 Solo Piano CD Of The Year *

common places
                  piano improvisations

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“Parodi’s pianistic sense and delivery go way beyond creative. Words that come to mind while listening to Common Places include imaginative, courageous, dynamic, passionate, gutsy, pensive, restrained, and euphoric. I’m thoroughly entranced by the whole experience.”- Mark Vail, Keyboard Magazine

 “This deeply passionate and beautiful recording is one of the best albums of the year.” – Chris Douridas, KCRW’s New Ground & Morning Becomes Eclectic

“Her performance and interpretations are innovative and yet classic and this is definitely a CD I will be playing for years to come.” – Gemma Dempsey, KCRW Music

“Powerful, romantic, visual, engaging, imaginative and dynamic — it is an album in touch with the soul of the piano and upon listening will touch you in yours. Essential!” – Mike Sargent, WBAI Niteshiftz

“Fantastic!” – Alice O’Neill, Hollywood Behind the Scenes

“Common Places is an inspired, engaging work with a singular vision that demonstrates the depth and breadth of Parodi’s influences, and clearly conveys her artistic voice, her insights and her virtuosity.” - Matt Gallagher, Mix Magazine

“Starr Parodi has crossed paths between the classical, pop/rock, modern con- temporary composition,

and chamber jazz worlds as is easily heard on this solo piano recording. Her beautifully delicate and crystalline touch is a universally enjoyable sound that can reach the soul of most romantics or daydreamers. Listen to Common Places more than once, and you hear an assured confidence and peaceful serenity that rivals previous passionate piano troubadours like Bill Evans, Harold Budd or Ralph Towner. It’s that innate sense of perfection and purpose linked with intriguing diversity that makes the music of Parodi quite listenable. She uses modal minimalist inventions with some liquid electronics on the opening title track, follows-up by digitally delaying Buffalo Springfield’s evocative pensive, original protest song morphed into a hopeful refrain on “For What It’s Worth” and you are hooked…This is just about the prettiest piano project heard in recent years…”Michael G. Nastos, Apple’s iTunes & AllMusic

 

Common Places begins with the title track, a piece with classical influences, a touch of mystery, and interesting effects that come from the piano itself – an intriguing opener! “For What It’s Worth” is a powerful solo piano interpretation of the 1967 Buffalo Springfield hit and an unexpected treat. The piano-based effects and layering give this rock classic an edge that perfectly suits the song. “Albinoni’s Adagio” is an interpretation of the classical piece reconstructed from fragments found in Dresden archives in 1945. Parts of this six-minute track are very simple in styling, while others become much bigger and more passionate. “Kenya” is a beautiful slow jazz ballad that often shows Parodi’s funkier side – a 9 1/2 minute exploration that I really like. “Follow Me” begins with a fast and slightly frenetic intro that dances all over the piano keyboard. After about a minute, the piece becomes more melodic and even hymnlike, telling its story in a way that is both purposeful and dramatic. “James Bond” is a new interpretation of the version of the theme that earned Parodi a Gold Record. Dark and mysterious, she gives this very well-known movie theme a fresh makeover. “Forgiveness” is another favorite with its interesting chord voicings and soulful nature. I love the closing track, Tony Sena’s “Covenant.” Heartfelt and passionately expressive, it’s a beautiful ending to a very impressive album!-Kathy Parsons, mainlypiano.com

(* solopianoradio.com-2007)

 

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