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Tapestry

by Jim Gibson

Interesting and relaxing improvisations by a master pianist.
Genre: New Age: Relaxation
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1. Wistful Moment
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2. Tapestry
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2:40 album only
3. Hidden Pond
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2:36 album only
4. Chopinesque
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2:43 album only
5. Water Garden
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6. Solace
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7. Blue Valley Dawn
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8. Simple Song
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9. Pensivity
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10. Sandra's Waltz
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11. Daydreaming
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12. Slowdown
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13. Interlace
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14. Windchimes
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15. Dappled Light
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Jim Gibson is one of Atlanta's busiest commercial pianists, but since 1996 his primary focus has been on building his catalog of solo piano CDs.

Until now, each of these CDs featured Jim's quiet improvisations of well-know (and well-loved) songs by famous American popular composers. Thus "Songs of the South" has classic melodies by Stephen Foster, "Melodies We Love: the 40s" has songs by Richard Rogers and Cole Porter, and so on.

These CDs have been very popular, and have sold over a hundred thousand copies...mostly through gift shops and historic sites, but also through many internet sites.

Jim's latest CD, "Tapestry," takes a new direction, and early reports from customers is enthusiastic. This is Jim's first CD of all-original music, and the first of his projects to go beyond the classic grand-piano sound.

All the tunes on this CD were composed with natural scenes in mind. In fact, several of them were actually created on the porch of Jim's house in the country...looking at a beautiful pine forest. (He took the computer and keyboard out onto the porch, and reports that it was the best recording session he's ever had.) Others melodies were inspired by various natural scenes---three photos are included in the CD booklet.

"I'm particularly fascinated by the textures and patterns in nature," says Jim. "The interlacings of leaves, the ripples on water, the layers of mountain scenes in the distance ....these were the natural tapestry that I tried to keep in mind as I worked on this CD.

"And.... some of them seemed to me to sound better with other sounds than the piano that I usually use . . . so several of these tunes feature the warm sound of the Fender piano, or the acoustic guitar.

"The improvisations were all recorded live--just one 'take'--on a keyboard, and there are no overlays or added strings...just one simple instrumental sound.

"My niche in the CD world is relaxing music, and I try very hard to make it interesting as well as quiet and soothing....and from the first responses to 'Tapestry,' I'm very happy. People are writing to tell me how much they enjoy it...and that is VERY gratifying."

Jim CDs are very popular. For instance, he has been on QVC, one of the songs from "The Forties" CD was used in an audio Hallmark Valentine card, and many movies, TV commercials, and audio-visual productions use his music.

"But the best feeling of all," Jim says, "is when I hear from individuals who write, call, and email to tell me that they really find the music enjoyable. That's my goal."


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Kathy Parsons

Gently Soothing
“Tapestry” is Jim Gibson’s sixteenth album since 1996, and his first of all-original material. His previous releases of “cover” music have been marketed mainly to gift shops, historic sites, tea shops, and a mix of other kinds of specialty shops. In the course of doing commissioned work for a DVD about tea, Gibson rediscovered how much fun it is to create music, hence his newest release. All fifteen tracks are improvisations, and this time Gibson chose to record on keyboards rather than a grand piano, utilizing a variety of keyboard sounds. The son of a piano teacher, Jim Gibson grew up playing music. He started playing in dance bands in college, going on to teach English and college Music Industry classes; he worked as a writer/photographer for the Georgia Department of Education, and then started working as a commercial pianist some thirty years ago. Gibson’s goal is to create music that is simple, direct, and relaxing, endeavoring to reduce the noise level in people’s lives. His cover music is also improvised, and is generally assembled by themes such as hymns, music of the South, movie and Broadway music, and even music about tea. The music on “Tapestry” is quietly soothing, unhurried, and warmly inviting. It is also an unobtrusive musical backdrop for working, dining, and unwinding.

The appropriately-titled “Wistful Moment” begins the CD, setting a gentle, dreamy mood. The title track, is a study in pastel-tinted sounds woven together into an elegant whole. “Hidden Pond” is one of my favorites, hinting at Satie-like simplicity. “Solace” is played with a rich guitar sound that is gently soothing and very peaceful. “Blue Valley Dawn” is another favorite with its quiet grace and optimism. “Simple Song” resembles a children’s song with its innocence and openness. “Pensivity” returns to guitar and sounds like late-night musings by candlelight. “Sandra’s Waltz” is a beautiful slow dance under the moon, a graceful reverie. “Slowdown” is a bit more abstract and unstructured, bringing visions of light dancing on tranquil water or maybe ripples in a lazy stream. “Windchimes” is also lovely, with images of a spring breeze invoking the occasional harmonies of beautifully tuned chimes. “Dappled Light” closes the CD with a gem that moves at its own pace, much like light moving through shadows, seemingly random, but quite purposeful after all.

It is always great to hear that a lifelong musician has found a different direction, and “Tapestry” is a good indication that Jim Gibson is on the right track with his new endeavors. Recommended for quiet times and for soothing background music.