Release: January 14, 2008 Label: LCI Creative, Inc. Tracks: 12
Join the Peace Revolution!
latest review by Kathy Parsons
“Peace Revolution!” is pianist/composer Louis Landon’s seventh album to date and his second solo piano CD, following up his 2005 release, “Unwind.” Landon’s mission is “to create a peaceful world by writing and performing music from the heart. Love and Peace Always and Everywhere.” This is a noble and inspiring goal to be sure, and a reminder that we can all make a difference in this crazy world by starting a peace revolution in our own little corners of the universe. Creating music to settle troubled thoughts and emotions is certainly a step in the right direction, and Landon does just that without resorting to sugarcoated fluff. His music is substantial yet accessible, providing an hour of respite either in the background or for the active listener to get lost in. Landon is a lifelong musician who has worked continuously with other musicians as well as a soloist, and his playing style is very easy-going and natural. “Camelot” opens the CD with a mood of gentle joy and optimism. A swirling motion gives the piece a dance-like quality that exudes warmth and sunshine. “Sundance” tones it down a notch, but flows with peaceful contentment. “Skye’s Song” is a bit more improvisational - free and unencumbered. Light and graceful like a spring breeze, it’s one of my favorites. “Ancestors” is a bit darker and more mysterious. “Elegant Lady” harkens back to a less complicated time at an upscale supper club with beautifully-dressed dancers moving to the romantic music. The title track also has an improvisatory feeling, gently telling its story and urging others to join the peace revolution - an inspiring message beautifully told. “Pursuit of Happiness” begins in a very melancholy place, perhaps telling of hurt or disappointment. As the piece evolves, the mood gradually lightens, but never really becomes lighthearted - a very evocative and interesting piece. “Golden Glow” is another favorite. Jazzier in style, it feels more exploratory on the piano while overflowing with a warmth and serenity - a great piece! “(Epilogue) Impromptu” closes the CD with a lovely, flowing improvisation that again depicts a perfect peace, both external and internal - an elegant and graceful closing to an excellent album. “Peace Revolution!” is a wonderful collection of original piano solos, and I highly recommend it. Join the Peace Revolution today!
Latest review by Bill Binkelman New Age Reporter.com 3/23/08 Peace Revolution! Landon subscribes to the less is more philosophy of sparseness of notes, but overall this is an album for those who like their solo piano music rich and full, not stark. Engineering, by Paul Hirsch, is excellent. The piano's clarity and presence is spot on. I detected neither any overt brightness nor muddiness and volume was well-modulated.
The sprightly opening track, Camelot, ushers in the CD with a jaunty mood and playful melody. Early on, Landon shows that he is more than capable of playing both soft and with nuance as well as letting 'er rip and spicing things up with verve and sassiness. Sundance starts off more subdued but not overly so and also elicits a soft sensation of nostalgia. Skye's Song transitions from its softer start to pick up a little steam and drama in the middle, but quiets down again as the song concludes. Ancestors presents a stately mood, almost serious if you will, amidst a lot of the lighter fare here. Instead of being jarring, I found the change of pace to be refreshing. This cut is followed by another emotional mood about-face offering, Elegant Lady a song which evokes the atmosphere of a 1930's upscale nightclub with a hint of torch song smolder and a dash of glitzy diamond-sequin style. Amalfi Drive swings from low-key melancholy to breezy jazziness while the seven minute title track is surprisingly modest in its emotional weight with only brief peaks of drama.
The album may be a "quiet" revolution, but it's one that should prove worthwhile "joining" for fans of new age solo piano music, provided they are not addicted to Winston-like minimalism, because the melodies here are seldom sparse.
Review by By Michael Woodhead @ Lux Aeturna 2/12/08 Louis Landon PEACE REVOLUTION, 2008 - Landon Creative Inc Even though Camelot is, by far, my favourite track from this CD, nevertheless there are eleven other compositions that will entice you to hear more from Louis Landon.
Light and delightful, Peace Revolution! will carry the listener to a place of tranquility and reflection to which he or she will want to return again and again.
Louis Landon's albums
Peace Revolution! LCI Creative, Inc.
Peaceful Solo Piano from the Heart Landon Creative, Inc.