Richard Carr | When Soul & Heart Collide

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When Soul & Heart Collide

by Richard Carr

Romantic new age/contemporary instrumental acoustic piano compositions created to ease the soul, mind & body.
Genre: New Age: New Age
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1. Familiar Stranger Richard Carr
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2. Sunbeams at Twilight Richard Carr
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3. When Soul & Heart Collide Richard Carr
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4. Racing Hearts & New Love Richard Carr
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5. Touch of Life Richard Carr
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6. Headlong Into the Wind Richard Carr
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7. In Memoriam Richard Carr
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8. Chasing the Dream Richard Carr
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9. Tender Love Richard Carr
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10. Into the Sunset Richard Carr
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11. Flying Amongst the Clouds Richard Carr
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12. Rainshower at Mirror Lake Richard Carr
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13. When Soul & Heart Collide (extended variation) Richard Carr & Alx Utterman
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Composer/contemporary pianist Richard Carr, native of St. Louis, Missouri, has returned to St. Louis after the ravaging of the hurricane Katrina of his home in New Orleans.

Carr's approach to creating is one of tapping into the free-flowing consciousness of music, Richard is freely improvising on the spot. There are no sequencing or tracking techniques used during the recording. Everything is recorded in real time without any edits.

In this regard, Richard's music has been favorably compared to Keith Jarrett, George Winston and David Lanz. His concerts are highlighted by his apparent ease at the piano or keyboard and his passionate playing. Most of his audiences are also treated with a new composition or improvisation created on the spot.

Carr's improvisational composition style is full of melodic lines and rich harmonies indicative of the classical influences of the American, Russian and French composers of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Additionally, more modern influences as diverse as Mannheim Steamroller, Tangerine Dream, John Adams, Keith Jarrett, Cole Porter, Thomas "Fats" Waller, Steve Reich, George Winston, and George Gershwin are also evident.


The Artist's Notes on "When Soul & Heart Collide"

When Soul & Heart Collide is one of the most accurate descriptions of my creative process. Very often in the studio sessions, the mind is not involved in any way. The soul and heart take over control of my hands, allowing the passions and feelings shine through, sometimes very intensely.

Once again, none of the tracks have been tampered with. The performance on these tracks has not been altered to maintain the integrity of the moment caught on tape during the recording sessions. Again, many of the tracks are first time improvisations.

After all the hours in the studio and the sometimes agonizing decisions of what to keep and what to leave out, I am quite happy to present to you, When Soul & Heart Collide.

Jack Milak passed away in Nov, 1999. He was a friend, teacher, mentor, motivator and an inspiration to any who came in contact with him. He had touched many young musicians' lives by fostering their love and thirst for music. This is the legacy he left behind. This project is dedicated to Jack Milak by one of the many who has been fortunate to have been his student and friend.


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Kathy Parsons

Distinctive and Evocative
Richard Carr’s distinctive and evocative piano solos are finally receiving the recognition they deserve. Too many pianists in this genre feel the need or are pressured by labels to add synth tracks to “colorize” their music, but when a pianist plays with this kind of passion, all of the colors of the rainbow are already there. Carr’s music speaks volumes about the artistic merits of staying independent and in control of one’s own music. This is Carr’s fifth album to date, and he just keeps getting better. Many of the tracks are first-time improvisations and the album is presented without edits to preserve the integrity of the moment that the music was created.

The musical moods conveyed in this CD are varied, from the impassioned title track to the sweet and gentle “Tender Love”. The collection opens with “Familiar Stranger” - a light and upbeat piece of musical sunshine. “Sunbeams At Twilight” is darker and more abstract - less rhythmic and more atmospheric.”When Soul and Heart Collide” starts out gently and gradually builds momentum and emotional power. This is definitely a man at one with his piano, and the piece is exceptional in its openness and strength. “Racing Hearts and New Love” is pure joy. “In Memoriam” is a loving tribute to a trusted friend and mentor. Although much of this piece is sad and reflective, there is an underlying current of hope. At a little more than seven minutes, many musical ideas are able to develop and evolve into other themes - much as emotions often quickly change with the loss of a loved one. This is another truly exceptional piece of music. “Into the Sunset” is both reverent and majestic - almost anthemic. The final track is a duet variation on the title song with pianist Alex Uttermann. This version is also very effective and quite different from the solo - a compelling musical dialogue.

An exceptional album from start to finish, I highly recommend “When Soul and Heart Collide”.