on 9 November 2013
Firstly I love the recorded piano sound on this album - it has an unusual organic, warm and resonant quality. The music has been the soundtrack to my after dark commute home in the car for the past few weeks. It needs the dark somehow. It's an album with lots of influences running through it but adding up to more than the sum of their parts: Debussy, Glass, Jarrett, Grieg, Chopin. It's very atmospheric and beautiful. He's a young artist so it'll be great to hear the development in the music. This is however already very mature music that thankfully defies easy categorisation: a perfect ECM album then.
on 26 January 2016
Nice guy too!
Had the privilege of meeting Aaron after a performance in the lovely Cornelia Street cafe, New York.
Class jazz/music venue, reminded me of the lamented Sir Henry's, Cork city.
Can't wait for next trip to the Big Apple!
on 10 August 2014
Very lively and unexpected CD. It seems to be largely improvised by a good jazz pianist, but the pieces are invariably close to classical. Debussy comes to mind frequently, though other things are about. The one weakness of a very fine disk is that it lacks perhaps the complex inner parts of the best classical piano music. However, there is no doubting its very evocative qualities and its very real class and I have already listened to it half a dozen times.