Chad Lawson | Set on a Hill

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Set on a Hill

by Chad Lawson

Produced by Will Ackerman of Windham Hill and Album of the Year for Whisperings Solo Piano Radio (2009), Set on a Hill embraces the solo piano style of Windham Hill while embarking on a new path of improvisation and of patience.
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2. Sojourn
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3. Promise Made on Signal Mountain
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4. Change of Season
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5. Set on a Hill
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6. Reflections
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7. She Walks in Beauty (The Wedding Song)
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8. Passing Country
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9. A Goldfish Named George
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Whisperings 2009 Album of the Year (Whisperings Solo Piano Radio), Set On A Hill is the new release from pianist and composer Chad Lawson.

Produced by Grammy Award Winner and founder of Windham Hill Records, Will Ackerman, the album contains 9 original solo piano compositions recorded at Ackerman’s studio in Vermont.

It was while touring in Spain with Julio Iglesias where Chad decided it was time to return to center stage. After leading a successful jazz trio for many years, being featured from Starbucks to NPR, while also reaching the top 10 on the national jazz charts, Chad was ready to make the album he had always wanted create. The solo piano album.

“This is some of the best music I’ve heard in years.” proclaims Ackerman. If anyone knows the complete element of solo piano recording and all that it entails, it’s Will Ackerman. He has mastered his craft of not only his own musicianship, but to those such as George Winston, Michael Hedges, and many others as well.


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Un debut sorprendente con un álbum imprescindible!!!.
Set On A Hill es el álbum de debut del pianista Chad Lawson; el mundo de la música no es nada nuevo para él. Chad es componente de un grupo de Jazz y ha compuesto algunas bandas sonoras para televisión además de haber girado como teclista de Julio Iglesias.
Fue durante un concierto con Julio Iglesias cuando Chad pensó en componer, grabar y publicar su propia música de solos de piano, aquello que siempre quiso hacer. Con una técnica dulce y relajante, ha compuesto este álbum para una escucha introspectiva, para momentos de tranquilidad, y que de esta manera podremos disfrutar. Un detalle a tener en cuenta es que Set On A Hill ha sido producido por Will Ackerman, lo que ya es una buena escusa para escucharlo.

"Will" es el tema que abre el CD, una pieza tranquila, que comienza con el repique de una nota y lo acompaña una tierna melodía de notas altas; una pieza de más de 9 minutos pero que en ningún momento disgusta. Da la sensación de ser una improvisación, elaborada en ese mismo momento y acompañando a un pensamiento o recuerdo vivido por el autor. Es un tema lento, que invita a reflexionar, aunque momentos antes de su final, la melodía se acelera por unos instantes para dar paso al toque tierno del comienzo. Fantástica!.
"Sojourn" comienza con un toque continuado de acordes alegres y una emocionante melodía. La mano izquierda marca los acordes con un ritmo repetitivo mientras la mano derecha dibuja una dulce armonía llena de ternura que poco a poco le procura un sentimiento emocionante. Muy tierna!.
"Promise Made on Signal Mountain", al igual que el tema que abre al álbum, este tema es una pieza tranquila, llena de ternura y belleza que aporta tranquilidad. Es la segunda pieza más extensa del álbum; una pieza idónea para un momento de relax.
"Change of Seasons", comienza con una melodía suave marcada por la mano izquierda y que, posteriormente le sigue un melancólico baile, triste y lento de la mano derecha. Una pieza introspectiva que refleja, como ya marca el título, el cambio de las estaciones. Posiblemente el paso al invierno.

"Set On A Hill" es el tema que da nombre al álbum y que comienza con un ritmo suave y alegre, es un ritmo que se repite durante todo el tema. La pieza es optimista, aportando sensación de libertad y positivismo al oyente, un tema apto para momentos de evasión. Wow!.
"Reflections" da paso a momentos de sosiego, una pieza melancólica y lenta que invita, como bien dice su titulo, a la reflexión, a pensar. Apta para momentos de intimidad y soledad junto a nuestros pensamientos.
"She Walks in Beauty" es quizás la pieza más romántica del álbum, pues es el tema creado por Chad para el día de su boda. Una pieza intima, que invita a la contemplación y al disfrute de la propia belleza; un tema tranquilo. Un verdadero regalo!.
"Passing Country" es un tema lento pero con un claro y marcado tempo, a una melodía continua en la parta baja del teclado le acompañada una sinfonía tierna que dibuja en un viaje, hermosos paisajes a su paso. La libertad es la principal emoción que ofrece esta pieza y concluye con un leve suspiro. Impresionante!.
"Goldfish Named George" es una pieza alegre que en ciertos momentos capta la atención del oyente con rasgueos de un acorde como si de pequeños jugueteos de un pez se tratase, mientras que la mano izquierda traza una melodía que marca el nado continuado.
Set On A Hill ha sido nombrado como mejor Álbum del Año 2009 por Whisperings: Solo Piano Radio. Es un álbum muy recomendable que ofrece optimismo y paz; idóneo para momentos en soledad.

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01/04/10

Kathy Parsons

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“Set On a Hill” is Chad Lawson’s debut solo piano CD, but Chad is no newcomer to the music industry. A session and back-up musician as well as the lead in his own jazz trio, he has scored film and television soundtracks and has toured the world with Julio Iglesias. It was during a concert with Iglesias that Lawson had the epiphany that he needed to get back to writing his own music and to making the solo piano CD he had always wanted to do. Many pianist/composers are content with composing music that will ultimately end up as background or mood music, but Chad Lawson’s music, while gentle and laid-back, was composed for more focused listening. Don’t get me wrong - this is wonderful music for the quiet moments in life whether alone or shared - but do yourself a favor and take some time to listen to this CD with closed eyes and no distractions. Produced by the legendary Will Ackerman, this is one of the few piano CDs he has done that is strictly solo piano. The open spaces are almost as important as the notes in Lawson’s music, and I can’t imagine any of these nine pieces as anything but solo piano.

“Set On a Hill” begins with “Will,” an open, roomy piece that starts with a single repeated note that evolves into a simple melody played with one hand in the treble clef. That melodic theme recurs throughout the piece in a kind of theme and variations form that is completely unbound by rules or requirements. It develops slowly and organically, and I suspect is mostly improvised. It’s a gentle and subtle invitation to settle down and listen to some extraordinary music. “Sojourn” conveys a quiet sense of anticipation and optimism with a rhythmic left hand and flowing melody. My favorite track on this excellent album is “Change of Season,” a moody minor-key piece that expresses melancholy, solitude, loneliness, reflection, and maybe acceptance near the end. This one makes my fingers ache! Sheet music??? The title track has a very graceful, lyrical feel and a sense of warm contentment. “She Walks in Beauty (The Wedding Song)” is the music Lawson composed for his wedding. Serious without any hint of heaviness, it is composed in an elegant, minimalistic style that must have been stunning in a wedding setting. The whimsically-titled “A Goldfish Named George” depicts the changing pace of fish swimming and how hypnotic it can be to watch them. It’s a gorgeous piece that leaves the listener wanting more.

“Set On a Hill” is generating a lot of buzz, and has already been nominated as Album of the Year by Whisperings Solo Piano Radio, so check it out for yourself. Very highly recommended!