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Vision

by Jace Vek

Relaxing and uplifiting solo piano virtuosity.
Genre: Classical: New Age
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1. Gate C-61
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2. Romance
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4:21 $1.29
3. Jennifer's Largo
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4:30 $1.29
4. Mariner's Theme
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4:13 $1.29
5. Songatina
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6. Mari's Eyes
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7. He Knew
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8. Toccatta in G# Minor
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9. Kaleidoscopic Etude
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10. Pastoral Moment
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11. Thadet Variations, intro and Variation 1
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12. Thadet Variation II
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13. Thadet Variation III
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14. Overture to Nemacolin
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Review by Kathy Parsons, Solo Piano Publications

"Vision" is a stunning collection of magnificently composed and performed piano solos by Jace Vek. As I listened the first couple of times, the piano teacher in me smugly thought, "Now here is a pianist with years and years of training!" I went to Vek's website, and was completely amazed to read that he was self-taught up to his successful audition for a music scholarship to the Creative Arts program at West Virginia University in 1990. A few years later, he was chosen by Marvin Hamlisch to perform an original composition at Pittsburg's Heinz Hall, receiving a standing ovation from a sold-out crowd. At the age of 28, Vek's musical career looks extraordinarily promising. His compositions are definitely classical in scope, and his playing style is often "big" in the tradition of Rachmaninoff and Horowitz. He is equally capable of a charming and gentle touch on "Songatina" and "Mari's Eyes", indicating that Vek can "do it all!" I read that the first seven tracks indicate Vek's ability to compose and perform "contemporary/new age pieces", and the other seven pieces are more classical and show his "impressive technical ability". Since the definitions of "new age piano" and "contemporary classical" blur more all the time, I don't hear a big difference in the styles, which is good.

"Gate C-61" opens the CD with a quiet, plaintive little melody that gradually builds and gathers energy, explodes in crashing chords, and then quiets back to a gorgeous melody that again builds energy very gradually, seamlessly melting into "Romance". These pieces are an excellent preview of what is to come on the album, as they show Vek's tender side as well as his power. "Jennifer's Largo" is a favorite, with its gentle melancholy. "Mari's Eyes" has a dark Russian feel to it, but swirls a bit like a waltz - very beautiful! "Tocatta in G# Minor" is full of flash and bravura, sounding like it is from another time. "Kaleidoscopic Etude" is also big, flashy, and fun, borrowing phrases from classical music here and there. "Pastoral Moment" quiets the mood but is full of energy and optimism. The three Tadet Variations and Intro are somewhat more abstract and free-form, but hold together beautifully, again demonstrating the range of Vek's emotional and technical playing. These are perhaps the strongest works on the album. "Overture to Nemacolin" (the resort and spa where Vek has been resident pianist for the past eleven years) closes the CD with a pensive, hauntingly beautiful melody.

This is a very exciting album from a very promising young artist! Sure to be on my "10 Best Albums" of the year list, I give "Vision" my highest recommendation.


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Angie Morris

An echo of my other review
Your gift is a blessing generously bestowed to all lovers of music.
Thank you for sharing the music in your head, thank you for sharing a part of you.
Shine on...

Kathryn Toyama

Echoing my Review on America's Most Finest Composer & Pianist
With deepest respect for this extraordinary artist, I have wanted to post a deserving review for quite some time now but have feared that my words would not adequately honor his genius. When art so deeply moves me to depths which cannot be described, when the effect is this profound that I cannot articulate it, I find myself overwhelmed with such awe that it almost becomes unhealthy and I need to step back and retreat for a while.
Beyond Maestro Vek’s remarkably impressive technical ability and incredibly powerful performances, it is in the emotional depth and stunning beauty of his wonderfully crafted compositions and arrangements which make his music so special. When my soul swells with such emotion that tears fall like rain, I know this to be true art at its finest. Although art may be subjective, I personally feel that the sophisticated genius of this incredible composer and arranger, makes Jace Vek our most gifted American composer and pianist of this era.