Catherine Marie Charlton | The Undershore

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The Undershore

by Catherine Marie Charlton

**CDBaby Editor's Pick for New Age** Passionate and bold piano music, compositions of dark, light and everything in between. For fans of George Winston, Windham Hill, and ECM, who are looking for relaxing, beautiful music filled with intelligence and soul
Genre: New Age: Contemporary Instrumental
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1. The Undershore Catherine Marie Charlton
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2. The Lonely Cobbler Catherine Marie Charlton
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3. Moon Twist Catherine Marie Charlton
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4. Ocean's Lullaby Catherine Marie Charlton, Nikkos
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5. Butterfly Waltz Catherine Marie Charlton, Nikkos
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6. River Dawn Catherine Marie Charlton
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7. The Asymptote Catherine Marie Charlton
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8. Canyon Catherine Marie Charlton, J. Jody Janetta
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9. Shenandoah Catherine Marie Charlton
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10. Edge of Light Catherine Marie Charlton, Nikkos
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11. Springshine Catherine Marie Charlton, Nikkos
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12. Undershore Flow Catherine Marie Charlton, Nikkos
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Catherine Marie Charlton, piano
Nikkos, flute
J. Jody Janetta, percussion

Winner, 3rd Place Best New Age Album, 2006 JPFolks Music Awards

Finalist, Best New Age Album, 2005 Independent Music Awards

"One of the top 5 Albums of 2004" --Chuck Elliott, 30 year DJ on Philadelphia's WXPN


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JR Kleinschmidt

WoW !!!
Excellent - Absolutely Excellent !

Tamara Turner, CD Baby


With new age piano albums a dime a dozen, it's a challenge to find an artist who reaches beyond the watery backdrops and excessive arpeggios and follows through with the most important aspect of any style of writing- the musicality. Here is an artist who understands that when audiences want new age, they aren't necessarily willing to give up the musical direction and expression that leads and guides the ear. These multi-dimensional pieces by Charlton have harmonic and structural roots in Classical piano repertoire, giving her work an insightful and beautifully intricate quality. True, her music is still relaxing, soothing and freeing but you will remain engaged all the same. The antithesis to rambly, aimless new age frivolity.

Joseph

innovative
this is great music Catherine is very creative and stylish

Brandon Minton

A must have.
I must say that this album is exceptional. I love to study or do work to this album as it is very relaxing, yet the album is without doubt emotionally moving when I sit and just listen to it...in awe. Another thing I really enjoyed about the album is the words of inspiration about how each song came to be, located inside the CD cover. This album deserves each star I gave it!

Versitile

This is very unique!
I give this cd 5 stars because its not something you hear everyday and I believe that it took years of practice for these musicians to develop the skills to produce such beautiful and soothing music. Congratulations on a masterpiece. :)

Kathy Parsons

Her best yet!
“The Undershore” is Catherine Marie Charlton’s fourth album to date, and I think it’s her best. The music is complex enough to be interesting with frequent playings at full attention, and soothing enough to be a very pleasant backdrop for other activities. Most of the compositions are solo piano, but several feature Nikkos on flute and/or J. Jody Janetta on percussion. Some of the music is dark and mysterious, and some is lighter and more joyful. Charlton includes her haunting arrangement of “Shenandoah,” a piece that she has loved since childhood. A passionate pianist with classical roots as well as a background in jazz improvisation, Charlton’s is a strong musical voice. Nikkos’ flute blends with and complements the piano beautifully - a compelling duo.

The title track opens the album - a gorgeous piano solo full of emotion and a big, full sound. “The Lonely Cobbler” is about someone so lost in his work that he forgets about friends offering help. Also a solo, it is a very passionate piece with tricky rhythms and a somewhat melancholy mood. “Moon Twist” begins quietly and includes subtle percussion. Deep and mysterious, the middle section transforms into more of a swirling dance, and then trails off at the end. “Ocean’s Lullaby” is tranquility, with piano, flute and water sounds - pure peace! “River Dawn” is a 4 1/2 minute version of the 60-minute composition that was Charlton’s previous release a couple of years ago. “The Asymptote” is one of the math-inspired pieces that Charlton wrote in college. It refers to a line in math that can be approached, but never reached. On the abstract side, it has a wonderful, sparkling energy. “Edge of Light” is a gorgeous piano and flute duet. Free, and yet structured, I love this one! “Springshine” is a jazzy, upbeat ensemble piece with all three musicians. Light and effervescent, this is joy set to music. The CD closes with “Undershore Flow,” an ensemble version of the opening track.

“The Undershore” is a great choice for those who want more complexity and depth to their piano music. Recommended!