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Sacred Spaces

by Judson Hurd

Take the improvisation style of George Winston, the expressionism of Jim Brickman, and the music of David Lanz, and you have the beautiful music of Judson Hurd.
Genre: Spiritual: Instrumental Gospel
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1. Sacred Spaces
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2. Great is the Lord
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3. Amazing Grace
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4. He is Exalted
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5. Jesus Loves Me
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6. Softly And Tenderly
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7. This is My Father's World
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8. It is Well With My Soul
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9. How Great Thou Art
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10. Still Speaking
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11. Go Tell It On the Mountain
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12. Gospel
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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About the artist...
Welcome to the world of composer and pianist Judson Hurd. Judson Hurd grew up in the beautiful country of Paraguay, at an early age he was deeply influenced and mesmerized by this simple way of living. At the age four he stumbled across his mother's childhood piano. His first 'teacher' was an old instrumental piano cassette a missionary couple left after leaving the country. The expressive, folk, piano vibrations of Philip Aaberg (Judson's childhood idol) and the simple, romantic Latin culture had a creative impact on his music. After years of being self taught and improvising smooth, cool grooves over Bach inventions his family moved to Ciudad Del Este where he began his formal studies at the Franz Schubert Conservatory. At the age of 12 Judson Hurd rose to be one of the prominent youth pianists of Paraguay. Judson now resides in Greensboro, North Carolina where he is still moving audiences through his music. He is assistant music director at Center United Methodist Church, keyboardist for the Jon Lloyd Band, composed scores for indie films, written music for radio, recorded countless session work, led worship at countless youth conferences and churches, opened for Five For Fighting, Gavin Degraw, Fighting Instinct, Todd Agnew and many others. Sacred Spaces is Judson Hurd's first piano solo album.


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Josh Kennedy

Creative
I purchased this album as an investment in an artist whose talent is difficult to comprehend. Judson Hurd has a gift. Sacred Spaces is a collection of classic songs, each of which has been rendered into a creative, addictive, and mood-changing experience by the artist himself. Judson even included a couple of original songs to garnish these beautiful arrangements. I recommend this album to anyone and everyone, and look forward to hearing more from Judson Hurd.

Dottie McCzll

Sacred Spaces
I think this CD is amazing. Judson has taken some old familiar hymns and made them his own. His original pieces are beautiful as well. His music has a lot of energy yet it is relaxing and inspiring.

Kathy Parsons

A Triumph!
It seems like an unusual number of solo piano hymns collections has come across my desk this year. I’ve enjoyed them all, but I think Judson Hurd’s “Sacred Spaces” is my favorite. Hurd has arranged ten familiar hymns and praise songs in a variety of styles - from gospel to new age to classical – making this an exceptional sampler of his work. The CD also includes two original pieces - the title track and a composition simply titled “Gospel.” I’ve always been a real fan of blues and gospel piano, and Hurd really handles those styles well – especially since he grew up in Paraguay. Hurd’s bio states that his childhood idol was Philip Aaberg, and I can’t think of a better teacher for a budding artist. By the age of twelve, Hurd was one of the prominent youth pianists in Paraguay, and I can certainly see why – his playing flows from the heart and fingers of a natural. With this debut recording, I can see him rising quickly among the ranks of internationally known solo pianists.

The title track opens the album with a burst of energy and a big, bold piano sound. A short piece, it acts as a prelude to “Great Is the Lord,” which continues in a rejoicing style. I love Hurd’s arrangement of “Amazing Grace” – simple but very much in the gospel tradition with some improvisatory touches thrown in. I think “Jesus Loves Me” is the first hymn most kids learn, and Hurd retains the innocence of the song while filling it out with a somewhat complex arrangement. “Softly and Tenderly” is given a graceful, comforting treatment that sings right to the heart. “This Is My Father’s World” is joyful and spirited, twirling and dancing right out of the CD player! “It Is Well With My Soul” is presented in a more classical style that allows the melody to really sing – breathtaking! “Go Tell It On the Mountain” is a classic gospel piece, and Hurd really does it up right. Hurd’s own “Gospel” closes the CD with a real treat for the ears and the soul – slow, rhythmic, and effortless. Love it!

“Sacred Spaces” is an incredible debut for this young pianist who now makes his home in North Carolina. I give it a solid two thumbs up!

Noreen McKenna

Sacred Spaces
Jusdon is obviously very talented. The music is very soothing and spiritually uplifting at the same time.

Gail A


Judson, this is beautiful. I went to Faith Baptist with your parents befor you are born. I wish you could give a concert at my church in Blairsville- House of Prayer