Mitchell Froom — A Thousand Days
(Kontext 001, 2004, CD)
by Jeff Melton, Published 2006-05-01Solo piano records can be a strong romantic but minimalist statement depending on the performer and how personal he would like to make it. Froom’s biography reads like a who’s-who of modern pop and roots rock from his substantial producer credits supporting Crowded House, Richard Thompson and Los Lobos to his own two solo endeavors. Choosing the small Hamburg label, Kontext to release his third solo album of self-performed piano music is not as much a stretch as it appears on the surface. Subtle ambient segues introduce and exit most of the pieces which gives the set of fourteen pieces a distinct story line within a little under forty minutes. Completely unlike his 1998 all star record, Dopamine, this recording is a timeless statement that could be meshed easily into a classic Ingmar Bergman movie soundtrack. Most of the pieces blur together seamlessly in an ode to classic piano interpreters such as Roger Williams (“Autumn Leaves”). It’s not a piano album of familiar jazz interludes per se; instead it’s introspective and autumnal. At times the performance is desperately brilliant and moody without being overbearing. “Silhouettes” is the single piece that holds more of my attention than others that briefly linger before transitioning onward. Perhaps the most sincere pianist statement is “If” where a distinct empathy is spelled out across the keyboard. At times it feels like there isn’t much to hold onto as the performances seemingly drift and then evaporate. But then on second thought, that may be the specific intent of the composer.
Related artist(s): Mitchell Froom
New Aristocrats Live Album on the Way – No foolin'! These supreme musicians toured Europe early in 2020, just before touring ceased to be a thing musicians could do, and there were some hot performances captured. On May 7, some of these will be releases as Freeze! Live in Europe 2020. » Read more
Jewlia Eisenberg RIP – The sad news has come out that Jewlia Eisenberg has died. As a founding member of Charming Hostess, Eisenberg changed the face of music, bringing together Balkan klezmer, American folk, and experimental rock in a distinctive blend that garnered much praise. » Read more
SoundQuest Fest 2021 – SoundQuest Fest, first experienced as a live festival in Tucson Arizona in 2010 was created by ambient music pioneer Steve Roach. This 2021 event will unite a worldwide gathering of artists and audience members together for a 3-day online event unique in the realm of ambient music. From March 26-28th a continuous flow of streamed performances, audio-video wonder worlds and deep immersion zones will burn bright on Roach’s YouTube channel. » Read more