Chad Lawson | Autumn Suite, Vol 1

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Autumn Suite, Vol 1

by Chad Lawson

Piano and guitar duo, Chad Lawson and Troy Conn steal the playbook from Evil Knievel and take every risk they could come across. This is the 2nd release in Chad Lawson's seasonal series.
Genre: New Age: Neo-Classical
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1. Autumn Suite, Vol 1 - I
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2. Autumn Suite, Vol 1 - II
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3. Autumn Suite, Vol 1 - III
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La esencia de las estaciones!.
Poco más de cinco meses ha tardado el premiado pianista Chad Lawson en proseguir su andadura a través de las estaciones, mostrándonos su particular y encantadora visión. Autumn Suite, Vol 1, es la segunda publicación de una serie que abrió el compositor con Summer Suite, Vol 1 junto al percusionista Jim Brock. Para esta ocasión, Lawson se inspira en uno de los periodos del año más estimulantes para un músico, reflejando la dulce nostalgia y la enternecedora calidez que transmite el otoño y para ello, cuenta con las fantásticas guitarras de Troy Conn, quien aporta voz a los acordes de Chad. Sonidos aflamencados, metálicos o eléctricos que combinados con la expresividad del piano forman una unión más que estupenda, haciendo que las tres únicas piezas que componen este EP dejen al oyente con ganas de más.


La primera suite, "Autumn Suite, Vol 1 - I", comienza con una extensa y fantástica introducción de guitarra clásica, un rasgueo con aires flamencos que abre el paso a un continuo toque de melancólicos acordes entonados por Lawson al piano. La música es una persistente lamentación que se agita con fuerza al paso del tiempo, dejando ver un gran dolor. Bellísima composición de tinte clásico.

En "Autumn Suite, Vol 1 - II" es el piano quien abre la pista, la más extensa de todo el álbum, casi dieciocho minutos. Un tema que aún siendo ligeramente rápido no es estridente para el oído, llegando incluso a relajar en algunos instantes. El incesante toque de notas altas y acordes son acompañados por los tintineantes punteos de guitarra eléctrica, un sonido penetrante que armoniza a la perfección con la hipnótica melodía que reproduce Chad en su piano.

Al contrario que en los temas anteriores, donde predominaban melodías frenéticas, en "Autumn Suite, Vol 1 - III" se distingue una relajada melodía, un dulcísimo toque de notas altas, continuadas, es seguida de cerca por el suave sonido de la guitarra eléctrica de Conn. Una música muy pausada, donde reinan en igual de condiciones las notas y los silencios en su primera parte, pudiendo pasar perfectamente por una apacible canción de cuna. En el segundo fragmento, la guitarra cobra protagonismo y la música se acelera semejándose a los dos tracks anteriores, aunque con un carácter más sosegado. Esta obra es fabulosa!.


Chad Lawson pone música a la esencia de las estaciones, sus sorprendentes suites transmiten el sentimiento que nos envuelve en cada fecha del año. Summer Suite, Vol 1 ofrecía ritmo y frescura y ahora, Lawson nos invita a relajarnos y a disfrutar del calor de la música de Autumn Suite, Vol 1, un trabajo que nos envuelve por completo con sus admirables melodías. Muy recomendable!.

reviewsnewage.com
25/11/10

Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"Autumn Suite, Volume 1" is the second in a series of improvisational duet albums from pianist Chad Lawson. This time, Lawson teamed up with guitarist Troy Conn. The EP is divided into three tracks that range from just under eight minutes to almost eighteen, and each is titled “Autumn Suite I II or III.” On their page on CD Baby, it states that they “steal the playbook from Evil Knievel and take every risk they could come across.” It would be fun to have more information about the process, but the two artists let the music speak for itself. I have to give Chad Lawson a lot of credit for not allowing himself to get too comfortable with the success of his award-winning “Set On a Hill,” which was more composed and melodic. Both Summer Suite and Autumn Suite are much edgier and more experimental, taking a chances and being in the moment with the music.

I LOVE “Autumn Suite I,” which begins with a Spanish/classical guitar-sounding intro by Troy Conn. He ends with a somewhat mysterious twist that Lawson picks up with a series of beautiful rolling broken chords on the piano. Lawson suggests a melody that continues in a Spanish style, and Conn develops it as Lawson accompanies him with a flowing piano. The interplay is achingly beautiful, and it’s simply amazing that this piece is an improvisation. “Autumn Suite II” begins with the piano, softly setting the tone and then introducing a single note pattern that the guitar picks up on. Lawson continues to improvise to this steady repeating note/rhythm. The pattern evolves into a repeated chord that both artists riff on, sometimes only varying the dynamics. As this very experimental piece goes along, the developmental changes are subtle and may be too repetitive for some ears. About 12 1/2 minutes into the piece, there is a muffled dialog in the background, but I can’t understand any of the words. Shortly after that, Lawson plays a series of slow chords and goes into a different direction with the piece as it becomes more rhythmic and upbeat, ending with slow chords as it fades out. “Autumn Suite III” begins with slow chords that create a very subdued mood. The first half of the improvisation continues in a gentle, soft-spoken style that is elegant and graceful. About halfway into the piece, Lawson injects a livelier beat with rolling chords as Conn picks out a melody on electric guitar. During the final minute, Lawson returns to his slow, lovely chords and fades out.

"Autumn Suite, Volume 1" is a fascinating study of the creative dynamics between two artists as well as the amazing musicality that can result from this sort of collaboration.