Catherine Marie Charlton | Jeweled Rain

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Jeweled Rain

by Catherine Marie Charlton

These surprising piano improvisations are gentle torrential exuberant calming grooving and soothing. George Winston, solo pianist, says: 'Catherine Marie Charlton has a unique and beautiful dedication to composing for the piano.'
Genre: New Age: Solo Instrumental
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1. Love Potion #235
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2. Gouda & Grapes
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3. The Chandelier
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4. Iris Teardrops
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5. Cherry Caramel Cream
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6. Butterfly Waltz
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7. outta sight, daddy-o
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8. Jeweled Rain
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9. Waltz of the Immortals
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10. Winter Mist
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11. Ireland
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12. The Dreams of Sarah
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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***WINNER 3rd Place "Best Solo Instrumental Album" in the Just Plain Folks 2001 Music Awards. "Love Potion #235" WINNER 4th Place "Best Solo Instrumental Song"***

"Very original... and well played. It's not often you come across new music that is as truly unique."

--Frank Mazurco, Executive Vice President of Steinway & Sons, pianist and composer

"Astounding...Charlton's playing skills are nothing short of amazing..."

--Kathy Parsons, Solo Piano Publications


CATHERINE MARIE CHARLTON's beautiful and exuberant piano improvisations paint colorful musical pictures, using fusions of jazz, classical, and new age influences. Her music is original, compelling, and refreshing, portraying life's emotions from the gentle to the torrential. Inspirations include such pianists as Claude Debussy, George Winston, Frederic Chopin, Johannes Brahms, Keith Jarrett, Bill Evans, Bela Bartok, and Liz Story. Her compositions use mood, musical themes, playing techniques, and rhythms to 'frame' evocative improvisations.

This album was recorded on a 9 foot concert grand piano from Steinway & Sons, moved from the Mann Music Center of Philadelphia specifically for this recording. The production quality is superb.

ABOUT 'JEWELED RAIN':

The title track from 'Jeweled Rain,' is about life-changing spiritual healing processes. The image is one of healing blue and green jewels falling from the blackness. Whenever the jewels touch the skin, they are warm, soothing, and nurturing. As you hold your arms up to the sky, the jewels give strength to not be afraid of the blackness around. They fall to the ground, and start piling up into a pool of strength to stand on. As strength builds, the original small column of rain spreads to a downpour from the entire sky.


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Kathy Parsons, Solo Piano Publications

astounding range of styles from an outstanding pianist
The range of Catherine Marie Charlton's playing styles is astounding. From classical (along the lines of Rachmaninoff, Mozart,
and up through the modern classicists) to jazz and bebop to dramatic vocals, this artist can do it all! From somber to exuberant, there is
something here for everyone. For some listeners, that could be a problem - those looking for a quiet mood piece may not be happy with
the free-form jazz improvisations, and vice verse - but if you enjoy an artist with a very broad understanding of music and her instrument,
this should be right up your alley! Charlton's playing skills are nothing short of amazing! My favorite piece on "Jeweled Rain" is "Waltz of
the Immortals". After a mysterious introduction, it starts out as a fairly traditional waltz in a minor key, and becomes more improvised as it
develops. Named for the legendary pianists, this piece is very powerful with a full palette of dark chords and rubato rhythms. Allowing
your mind to swirl and dance along is an exciting experience! The CD opens with "Love Potion #235", an upbeat and rhythmic ode to
"being in the groove". This is a clear signal that this is more of a jazz piano album than a new age one, and that it will not be an album to
snooze to! "Gouda and Grapes" is more subdued, and is about friendship and spending a lazy day with a close friend - warm, leisurely,
and content. "The Chandelier" is a sparkling and frenetic depiction of the stress of trying to do everything all the time - it spins, pauses, and
then spins in another direction. George Winston's influence is obvious. "Cherry Caramel Cream" is a fun little jazz piece, and then
"Butterfly Waltz" is almost a tribute to Mozart, with a traditional classical structure. From there, we go to "outta sight, daddy-o", which is a
piece that has evolved over the past five years or more. In a bebop style, this is a kind of pianism that I can appreciate, but don't really
enjoy. "Jeweled Rain" is Charlton's first vocal piece. The piano dominates the powerful lyrics, almost completely drowning out the singer.
Fortunately, the words are in the liner notes, but I found it really annoying to only be able to catch a word here and there while listening.
The last three pieces on the CD are the most "new age" pieces in the collection. All three are cool, somewhat aloof, and free-form.
"Winter Mist" and "Ireland" are sparse and heartfelt. "The Dreams of Sarah" is one of Charlton's first and favorite pieces, and is more
structured and classical, and closes out the set on a thoughtful note. This album obviously covers many styles and moods, and is a
challenging listen. Most of the tracks are excellent, and Charlton is an outstanding pianist.

Tobias Raabe

On Jeweled Rain
What I felt when I listened to "Jeweled Rain' I can best express in a poem:


Jewels appeared in my home last night,
At first I could only hear them play,
But when I later switched off the light,
They sparkled in every imaginable way;


Some were brilliant and full of joy,
Others were dark and seemed to sigh;


Some put on a spectacular show,
And others didn’t know which way to go;


Many had friends and felt protected,
But a few were left alone and neglected;


I saw exuberant ones on a high,
And others that were melancholic and shy;


Some liked to dream of happier times,
And others found beauty in modest rhymes;


I watched them in wonder as they stayed,
Long after the music’s final call;


I loved them all.



Tobias Raabe
Philadelphia. PA
Sunday, 4-22-2001

Frank Mazurco, Executive Vp Steinway & Sons

I really enjoyed "Jeweled Rain"
I really enjoyed "Jeweled Rain". Very original... and well played.