Jeff Pearce | In the Season of Fading Light

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In the Season of Fading Light

by Jeff Pearce

piano solos and piano/ambient guitar duets, with $1 from every cd sale going to the Feeding America organization.
Genre: New Age: Ambient
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1. In the Season of Fading Light
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2. Autumn and Regret II
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3. A Secret for the Moon
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4. Where All Rivers Begin
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5. Harvest Prayer
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6. After the Frost
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7. Newfallen
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8. Winter Waltz
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9. Almost the Moon II
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10. Into Spring
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11. Words from the Rain
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12. The Road and the Wind
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13. Where All Rivers End
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Michael Diamond (www.michaeldiamondmusic.com)

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I have been a big fan of Jeff’s music over the years and am certainly among the many who regard him as one of the premier ambient guitarists in the new age music genre. So the transition to this primarily piano-based CD, came as a surprise, and marks another chapter for this innovative instrumentalist. Traces of his guitar electronics are found on some of the songs, such as the title track, which opens the album. Ethereal sustained guitar softly shadows the chord changes on this atmospheric and melancholy composition. A similar air pervades “A Secret Of The Moon,” where the guitar takes on the semblance of a string section, gently supporting the wistful piano melody. Other songs, such as “Where All Rivers Begin,” “Harvest Prayer,” “Newfallen,” and a number of others are all piano solos, and evoke memories of some of the classic Windham Hill pianists. As much as I have always appreciated Jeff’s exquisite ambient guitar playing, I acknowledge him for stepping out to explore other avenues of instrumental expression.

Perhaps my favorite song on the album was “Words From The Rain,” a dreamy drifting piano soundscape with clouds of guitar ambience and the sound of rain providing imagery for the minds eye. While I have been pointing out some of the guitar accompaniment, the piano is clearly Jeff’s primary voice on this recording. The guitar work in this context is tasteful, yet understated. I was impressed with how well the music evoked the feeling of the title: In the Season of Fading Light. Other than a few songs toward the end, such as The Road and the Wind,” and “Into Spring,” which as the titles would indicate, express more lightness and motion, the album’s aura could be described as reflective, haunting, and ruminative, impressionistically portraying in sound the spirit of approaching winter. There is a sense of peacefulness that comes through in this atmospheric music and I have no doubt that listeners will find just the right moments where it would make their own perfect soundtrack, as it did for me while watching the sunset on a mid-November evening. Like all the music from his Provision Series, a portion of the proceeds from sales, go to supporting charitable organizations.
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Richard Gurtler

Another amazingly introspective and enchantingly immersing work by Jeff Pearce!!
Quite long time has passed since Jeff Pearce's last album "Rainshadow Sky", released back in 2008. But this doesn't mean this ambient guitar virtuoso from West Point, Indiana, was inactive since that. In July 2011 Jeff Pearce has created together with his wife Anastasia a year-long project entitled "Provision Series". During this period Jeff was releasing each month one digital download single with donations to a different charity each month. A truly applauded project of this wonderful person and musician, and his family!!! "In The Season Of Fading Light" CD, packaged in beautiful 4-panel disc eco wallet, was released at the beginning of September 2012 on Jeff Pearce Music and features all 12 singles plus one unreleased track. The album again showcases Jeff's humanitarian dimension, because one dollar of each sold CD is donated to Feeding America. Mostly based on filigree piano performance, the album has a very strong evocative and nostalgic feel and showcase that Jeff Pearce is not only an ambient guitar genius, but also a very accomplished piano player. The portfolio of 13 tracks on the album is quite diverse even if the piano is the leading instrument, but we can hear here and there also peaceful guitar ambience, Jeff's indisputable trademark, along with few tranquil field recordings. The whole album is stunningly beautiful and intimate, with compositions ranging from more serene reveries, through those evoking long forgotten memories to those possessing more euphoric and melodic feel. Quietly meandering, title and opening piece "In The Season Of Fading Light", wonderfully merges sparse reflective piano lead with clouded ethereal guitar washes. Absolutely gorgeous intro!!! "Autumn And Regret II" is hauntingly joyful piano piece and reworked version from the remarkable "Bleed" album, one of my fave albums by Jeff Pearce. "Where All Rivers Begin" and "Harvest Prayer" (the only unreleased composition) masterfully incorporate into expressive piano textures intriguing and absorbing moments of silence. Tranquilly intimate piano on "A Secret For The Moon" with occasional distant dreamy washes is another standout piece!!! "After The Frost" captivates with sorrowful piano, which is later accompanied by immersing electric guitar played by the ebow. Solo piano on "Newfallen" and "Winter Waltz" has a very strong cinematic feel, on the later piece is joined by longing guitar ambience. Without any doubt, both these compositions are pure masterpieces!!! "Almost The Moon II" is another reshaped piano version, this time from "Lingering Light" CD, a beautifully reflective piece. The next composition, "Into Spring", returns to more uplifting mood. "Words From The Rain" are created by heartwarming piano soundscape delicately blanketed by tranquilizing rainy sounds. Pure aural bliss!!! "The Road And The Wind" is again more active while the closing and beautifully entitled "Where All Rivers End" bridges deeply evocative and ruminative piano with gracefully soaring guitar texture. A grand finale and soothing elixir for my ears!!! "In The Season Of Fading Light", 11th solo album by Jeff Pearce, paints hauntingly contemplative sonic landscapes, precisely displayed also by utterly gorgeous cover image by digital art designer Teodora Chinde from Romania. Additional awards also go to Corin Nelsen, Grammy Award winning producer and engineer for the mastering, to Mike Griffin of Hypnos for the graphic design as well as to Philip Aaberg, renowned pianist and composer (recorded for Windham Hill Records), for his lessons. Another amazingly introspective and enchantingly immersing work by Jeff Pearce!!!

Richard Gürtler (Dec 28, 2012, Bratislava, Slovakia)

Bill Binkelman

Jeff Pearce's genius revealed on yet another instrument
As if being the finest ambient guitarist on the planet wasn't enough, Jeff Pearce mastered the Chapman Stick and released some startlingly beautiful music featuring just that instrument. However, Pearce obviously isn't done as he has now delivered a stunningly evocative, richly nuanced, and superbly recorded minimalist piano album. In the Season of Fading Light invites comparisons to keyboardist Tim Story (a long-time friend of Pearce) and "new age" music piano pioneer, Philip Aaberg. Some tracks also sound like Pearce's own drifting, melancholic, guitar soundscapes but played out on piano instead. For my money, there wasn't a better piano album released last year.

Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
Jeff Pearce is an artist best-known for his ambient electric guitar recordings, starting in 1993. He later learned the Chapman stick and incorporated that unusual instrument into his music. Several years ago, Jeff started taking piano lessons from the legendary Philip Aaberg, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that Pearce’s tenth album, "In the Season of Fading Light," is mostly solo piano with occasional ambient accompaniment (also performed by Pearce). What is a little surprising is the enormous depth of emotion coming from a pianist who hasn’t been playing the piano all of his life. These very spare, perfectly-formed compositions and improvisations are masterpieces of musical expression and beauty. But wait, there’s more! Not only is Jeff Pearce a masterful musician and composer, but he is also an extremely caring and generous human being. The music on "In the Season of Fading Light" comes from Pearce’s “Provision” series where he composed a new song each month from July 2011 to June 2012 and donated 30 cents from the sale of each song to a specific charity. Continuing in that vein, $1 from the sale of each album will go directly to Feeding America. The leisurely pace of the music is soothing and relaxing, but there is plenty of complexity in the music to keep any audiophile coming back for more. This album will definitely be on my list of Favorites for 2012!

The album opens with the title track, a haunting piece for piano and electronics where the ethereal quality of the background washes softens the darker and more percussive piano chords - a gorgeous effect! “Autumn and Regret II” is a more melodic piano solo with a gently moving rhythm. “A Secret for the Moon” mixes electronics with the piano (reverb, background washes), creating a mood that is mysterious yet personal and pensive. The notes are very spare, yet convey so much. “After the Frost” is a very quiet, atmospheric piece for piano and ambient accompaniment that is open, sparse, and very chilly! “Newfallen” is a favorite. This song “arrived” with the first snowfall last year and conveys peace and a gentle beauty. I love the dark drama of the haunting “chorus.” “Into Spring” conveys feelings of hope and optimism as winter fades. Not really lighthearted or joyful, it seems to be looking forward to the season of rebirth and growth. “Words From the Rain” is another favorite. The rain sounds in the background were recorded with a portable recorder while Pearce played the piano inside; soothing, refreshing, and oh so peaceful.

"In the Season of Fading Light" is an exceptional listening experience from start to finish. Very highly recommended!