Release: April 1, 2004 Label: August Son Tracks: 10
Los Angeles based solo pianist Ken Elkinsonâs collegiate study of jazz and improvisation is most evident on his third release Opal. Following on the heels of the minimalist Midnight Conversation and the classically-tinged Revelry, Opal digs down deep with its roots firmly entrenched in jazz.
Recorded on the unparalleled Bösendorfer 200 piano, Opal is a serious album that never takes itself too seriously. The crystal clear lower registers add depth and beauty to the accompanying higher counter-melodies.
Like all of Kenâs music, Opal is well suited for relaxation, yoga and massage. It provides a soothing backdrop for everything from late night study sessions to intimate dinner parties.
Kathy Parsons of Solo Piano Publications writes, âBoth jazzy and reflective, the album sustains an even-tempered mood from start to finish. There is something here for everyone to enjoy...â
Bill Binkelman of Wind and Wire adds, âThat Elkinsonâs music is undeniably accessible even when he eschews the more conventional verse-verse-chorus-bridge structure is a tribute to his keen ear for blending repeated phrases with his embellishments.â
Introspective without being overly elegiac, Opal is the perfect accomplice for some serious soul searching.