Jonathan Dimsdale | Smoke on the Horizon

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Smoke on the Horizon

by Jonathan Dimsdale

Original solo piano that conjures up beautifully lush images blending the vibrancy of jazz, the intricacy of classical music, and the contemplative nature of new age. For fans of Windham Hill, Narada, and ECM recordings.
Genre: New Age: New Age
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1. Daybreak
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2. The Sandbox King
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3. Nightingale's Song
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4. Along the Highwire
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5. House of Cards
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6. The City in the Sea
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7. When the Clock Strikes
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8. Reverie
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9. Adrift
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10. Road to the West
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11. Paper Moon
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12. Chasing Ghosts
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13. Kaleidoscope
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Jonathan grew up in San Diego, California, and at the urging of his parents, began learning classical piano at the age of six. Secretly dreaming of becoming a rock star, he spent the next dozen years playing piano in the hopes that one day he would replace all the recitals, competitions, and cold formality with screaming teenage girls, pyrotechnics, and endless riches. But alas, classical piano did not hold such a future in its cards for Jonathan; finding himself restless, he delved into jazz and blues and played in a handful of bands before falling in love with piano composition. Since then, he has developed his own unique voice that reflects the variety of his musical influences and training.

Jonathan left California to go to college on the East coast, naively leaving the beaches behind him to experience what winter was really like. However, two years of blizzards and ice were enough to send him running to study for a year in Seville, Spain before returning to finish his senior year at Tufts University and studies at Berklee School of Music. During the summer of 2004, he recorded his debut album of solo piano compositions, Smoke on the Horizon, independently releasing the CD on his own label in 2005. Critic Kathy Parsons declared it as “nothing short of spectacular… a collection of original piano solos that are full of youthful energy as well as the naked and deeply-felt emotions that bubble up (and sometimes roar) as one’s life takes shape.”

Jonathan is actively involved in community outreach and benefit concerts, most recently organizing and headlining a successful fundraising concert for Hurricane Katrina. However, he continues to balance music with school and his life away from the piano. “When I begin composing I don’t know where a song will take me or what walls I will run into. But there is one thing I do know: there is something on the other side of the wall, a part of myself waiting to be discovered… I play piano, because it lets me dream out loud…”


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lyrical, intricate and melodious
Enjoyed the CD - it has a lyrical quality that is hard to describe. It is very intricate yet melodious. I call it mood music and very easy listening that appeals to all age groups.

Erin Maxon

Breathtaking cd perfect for anyone.
What a talented and handsome artist! I would reccommend this CD to anyone with ears (and a soul).


Couldn't be better
Finally the world gets to hear this talent after so many years of development - and we are not disappointed.

Angie & John Miranda

Turn off the cell, dim the lights and let Dimsdale take you on an epic journey .
Turn off the cell, dim the lights and let Dimsdale take you on an epic journey through life’s stages, expressed in music. His compositions convey a range of emotions from joy and discovery to disappointment and frustration. The “House of Cards”, one of my favorites, builds in darkness to a tumbling finale. Another of my favorites, “Sandbox” captures the freedom and energy of childhood with an appealing freshness. Listening to this music is a wonderful way to relax and reflect. You will enjoy every piece!


All I can say is AMAZING! Definitely the best purchase I've made recently - this album is perfect for studying, sleeping, waking up in the morning, and just about anything romantic. THank you Jonathan!

Rob Friedman

Excellent debut from a talented artist
A wonderfully varied selection of piano solos, perfect for a leisurely Sunday brunch or relaxing background music anytime. Lovers of Windham Hill will petition them to pick up this master!


Soulful, glorious music
I was blown away by this artist's gift and talent. Over and over and over I love listening to his creative, soulful piano music.


Dimsdale's music warms the soul.
The album is wonderful--lovely, original, heartfelt piano music that warms the soul.


the beautiful side of the raynbaw
this cd can bring me a beautiful emotion ,.... i love it


Jonathan's Smoke on the Horizon is a soothing journey by piano that will relax the mind and spark the imagination. I found myself flowing from track to track, enjoying the stories, emotions and landscapes that float through the speakers. Brilliant!
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